Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Lovely Poetry by Maya Angelou

"Always learn poems by heart. They have to become the marrow in your bones. Like fluoride in the water, they'll make your soul impervious to the world's soft decay."
White Oleander

In honor of my new poetry page, here are fragments from 2 Maya Angelou poems:

Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou

Men themselves have wondered

What they see in me.

They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them
They say they still can't see.
I say,
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman

Still I Rise by Maya Angelou

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I'll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
'Cause I walk like I've got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I'll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I'll rise.


  1. I love poetry. I had to memorize a lot of poems as a kid, and I've never regretted it! Thanks for sharing--I especially liked the first one. :)

  2. Thanks for sharing, Saumya! I enjoy poetry so I'm loving your new poetry corner!

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  4. Just discovered your pages - they're cool! Love the 'what's on the iPod?' one! Thanks for sharing these, they're lovely :-)