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Words of Healing Inspiration
March 21, 2006
12:39 am
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sewunique
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Been searching some sites. This came form the Silent Scream for abused and sexual abused.

With permission and gratitude from that site a poem from Maya Angelou. She is one of my heroines.

I encourage you to read out loud, wtih conviction; it is indeed most empowering!

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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.

March 21, 2006
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site was Silent Shame (scream seem appropriate huh)

March 21, 2006
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WOW

March 21, 2006
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Hi Sew,
This poem is very powerful for those who have been abused. Glad for you that you found it, and I think that it is good that you posted it.
hugs,
omw

hang in there girl, you're coming out on the other side of this stronger than you think. sometimes changes are small and not noticeable but they are there so don't give up!!

YOU GOT FR-I-E-N-D-S!!!

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