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Thursday, April 1, 2010

Welcome to National Poetry Month 2010!

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Hello Internet!! As you may or may not know April is National Poetry Month and I am a huge lover of poetry. Since around 1995 or so I’ve been celebrating this event by emailing a poem a day to many of my friends and family. Some will whine and moan about it, but those same people are usually among the first to remind me if I’ve missed a day so I know they love it. And if not tough. *lol*

Last year I branched out and also posted a poem a day here on my blog and so thought to continue that trend again this year. I’ll still be posting my trailers and other reviews during this time so this daily poem will just be an added thing. For those who follow via an RSS feed I apologize in advance for all the extra posts. Though all will be titled with NPM so you’ll know at a glance if its a poem or review. There are a few rules, of sorts, for this event and they are as follows:

I enjoy reading and picking out poems on a daily basis (and when I am feeling brave I send out one of my own), but I know that my tastes are the tastes of all….so if there is a particular poem or poet that you would like to see featured then please let me know. I’ll also do my best to round up a poem if you only remember a fragment or two. I don’t always succeed but I always enjoy the challenge.

And well…that’s about it for rules. Like I said…there were only a few. lol Please feel free to comment (I love comments), sit back and enjoy the poems.

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.

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.

4 Responses to “Welcome to National Poetry Month 2010!”

  1. Vasilly

    Happy NPM! I’ve been counting down for the arrival of this month! I’m looking forward to reading your daily posts!

  2. Anonymous

    I can’t believe it’s NPM time again! My the years do get faster and faster. :-/

    But I love this poem. I just love Maya Angelou!

    I also want to put, “Does my sassiness upset you?” on a shirt. 😀