What an uncomfortable feeling this is, Restlessness, brain fog, uncertainty. What kind of a choice is this that I need to make. What is this guilt? Should I find happiness in struggle? Or live an oblivious and blissful life? Why is it always so hard and painful to leave?
Just felt like sharing this remarkably beautiful piece of poetry written by Maya Angelou:
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 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.
Somebody told me – If you are going through a difficult phase in your life, Remember that you’re not alone. Nobody has it easy. Some days can feel like a burden Like there’s no way out. Sadness, tears, anger, frustration. Like life is unfair for no reason at all.
Then she told me to give it time. It’s also about giving things time, To run their course. For them to pass. So you can heal. Everything eventually gets better. It always does and you know that it’s true.
This isn’t the first time, You were expected to face a challenging circumstance. This isn’t the first time you had to brave. You have done this before, Then why the uncertainty now. Like all the other times, this will pass too. Wait for the morning For the sun to shine with new rays of hope. And just like that, Your day will seem a whole lot better than yesterday. She said with a smile.
They asked her to keep it simple. Play it safe. With black and blues Whites and grays. To which she obliged. But sometimes she would get away To patch up with life By setting ablaze the town With her flamboyant gowns.
How many times are you going to enthrall me with your colors, dear nature? Yes, I love the flowers that bloom on you but look at you.. Your leaves are changing colors too. From sweet green to flaming orange and burning red So bright, so bold. How do I stop admiring your wonders? How are you so strikingly beautiful? Look at you stand under the bright blue skies amidst the green meadows, Wearing your red and orange leaves. Yes, the temperatures are dropping but you don’t seem to be afraid. Grounding me to be fierce and hopeful With you all over again.. Hello Autumn, let’s embrace the cold days ahead.