“Soulful Sunday”

Today, Bachelor21 wants to introduce Soulful Sunday where on any given Sunday there will be a highlighted spoken word that provides power to the mind, body, and soul. The first spoken word comes from one Bachelor21’s favorite poets Maya Angelou. Anyone that is familiar with Angelou’s work know’s that she is a very motivating, transcendent iconic figure that will you leave you in awe with the wisdom and artistry of the words coming out of her mouth. The piece of work that will be expressing and sharing is called “Still I Rise.” Those familiar with this knows how powerful it is. I’m just going to leave it here for you and should tell me what you think, and what it means to you. Without further a due….

"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 backyard.

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." 


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