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Pauline Raina

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Poet's Portal..featuring Maya Angelou
6/23/2008 10:41:49 AM

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                        A Poet's Portal


Maya Angelou


  Hello dearest friends,

This edition is special and is dedicated  not to one particular woman, but to All the Women Of Worth & Courage here at Adlandpro.
Some of whom are my best friends. I salute you dear Ladies with this dedication. I appreciate YOU !!!

About Maya Angelou:-

Maya Angelou was born in St. Louis, Missouri, on April 4, 1928 to Bailey Johnson, a doorman and naval dietitian, and Vivian Baxter Johnson, a nurse, real estate agent, and, later, merchant marine. Angelou's brother, Bailey Jr., gave her the nickname "Maya".[7] The details of Angelou's life, although described in her six autobiographies and in numerous interviews, speeches, and articles, tend to be inconsistent. Her biographer, Mary Jane Lupton, explains that when Angelou speaks about her life, she does so eloquently but informally and "with no time chart in front of her".[8].... to read more go here:>

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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 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.

Maya Angelou


Well thats it from me. hope you all enjoy this edition..have a blessed day!!!

hugs to all you special friends:-)

Pauline R
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Re: Poet's Portal..featuring Maya Angelou
6/23/2008 11:31:40 AM
Hello Pauline!

This was a real surprise. I was expecting to read a poem of yours. Maya Angelou is known in Greece and global for her contribution in human rights. Her Hellenic name makes it easier for us Greeks to find her. I don't know how come she has a Greek name. This Afro-American lady is a real mother of courage in many aspects. She is an author, poet, historian, songwriter, playwright, dancer, stage and screen producer, director, performer, singer, and civil rights activist, but best known she is for her autobiographical books.

She must be 80 years old by now. I wish her elder days full of health.

You made right choice and right poem
I have not red any of her books.
Maybe it is on time to learn more
about her by reading her autobiographies.

Amazing Grace by Nana Mouskouri
I feel Maya Angelou that way.

At the good old days when I was politically active I read about her political movements. As far as I remember she was raped by a close relative whom she sent to jail. Being black in USA at that time wasn't easy. She won the court. She supported Dr M. L King who stayed close to her and her opinion. In my mind she was also a great leader for human rights. Maybe others got the "name" and the honour but she is a brave woman worthy any honour.

My Good friend Luella May had a nice articel on Maya Angelou in Woman of Courage.

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Re: Poet's Portal..featuring Maya Angelou
6/23/2008 11:32:42 AM
Hello Pauline :-)

I very much liked the optimistic touch of this poem! I don't think this time is only me who sees it (as my husband often says :-) - only my eyes are able to see optimism every where!)

Thank you for the beautiful poem!
Let me give you a personal Sanziana

to protect you all the year long :-)

With lots of friendship,

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Re: Poet's Portal..featuring Maya Angelou
6/23/2008 3:09:26 PM

Hi Pauline,

I love this poem By Maya Angelou.  She has an indomitable spirit
that comes through loud and clear, giving everyone of us hope and
strength.  I admire and respect her.

Excellent choice Pauline.

Have a great week,


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Re: Poet's Portal..featuring Maya Angelou
6/23/2008 3:53:15 PM
... hello again :-)

I'm back as I was "allowed" for a short while to "rule" the PC of our home LOL
... being on the way home from my office I was thinking on this poem and its writer Maya Angelou ... and I have to say that beyond her optimism this poem transmits definitely her courage and strength and above all, her determination to get over everything and to SUCCEED!

Wonderful piece of reading and poem!

Thanks again,

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