Still I Rise
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
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
As we find ourselves moving through typical lives of things of and of no consequence, there’s a heaviness that lingers today that doesn’t let us forget. Never forget. Never forget.
Bon voyage, you awesome man!
Soupy thick air in a
day that is not yet summer
Ants already marching
two by two down my bathroom wall
The curve of your hip, the arch of your back, the smooth lines of your shoulder blade…
the abandoned couch on shoulder of the highway
Who will love me now?
Mother’s Day cards scare me
a little, when they proclaim
that I’m the
most marvelous mom ever,
that I might not be able
to live up to that
Because he’s fabulous
NEW YORK – OCTOBER 14: Singer/musician Prince makes an announcement at The Apollo Theater on October 14, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA – FEBRUARY 11: Musician Prince speaks onstage at 2011 MusiCares Person of the Year Tribute to Barbra Streisand at Los Angeles Convention Center on February 11, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Lester Cohen/WireImage)
Prince performing during Good Morning America at Bryant Park on June 16, 2006 in New York City. © Tracey Renee / Retna Ltd.
I am shocked.
Legendary artist Prince was found dead at his recording studio in Minnesota early on Thursday. He was 57. So far, no further details have emerged.
so so legendary.