Looking to the future

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For America’s lesbian, gay, bi and transgendered people who are hurting today, a poem 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.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.


Written by George Maru

7 November 2008 at 7:46

Posted in gay regte, poësie, spiritualiteit

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  1. Demokrasie kan soms ‘n bliksem wees.


    7 November 2008 at 14:59

  2. Nice poem.

    Bisexuals are spoilt. It is so limiting to be attracted to only half the population. 🙂


    7 November 2008 at 18:06

  3. Oh George, I nearly forgot. Here is a link to a comedy sketch by George Carlin that I think you might enjoy. It’s weekend so let’s laugh a bit.


    7 November 2008 at 18:14

  4. ((George))


    7 November 2008 at 21:56

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