“Art is literacy of the heart” Elliot Eisner / “Arte não é pureza; é purificação, não é liberdade; é libertação.” Clarice Lispector

sexta-feira, 26 de dezembro de 2014


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Still I Rise

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may tread 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.


Paint Party Friday

You might be thinking the reason why I chose a geisha to illustrate Maya Angelou's poem. Well, first because people still expect women to behave according to some paradigms here as if our gender could define us and who/what we are. Second because I love Memoirs of a Geisha which is by far one of the best films I have ever seen. Third because my best friend during my teenager and youth years was Japanese. She passed away some time ago. All those ladies taught me to be strong and rise so...
Hope you rise whenever you stumble and fall. Here lies the magic of life: your capacity of rebirth.
Have a magical 2015!


Poetic Postcards
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7 comentários:

  1. Wonderful post, love the words and the picture. Hugs, Valerie

  2. luv your painting and that poem by Maya Angelou is one of my favourites of her collection

    hope your 25th Dec was wonderful

    much love...

  3. Love your painting and your words. So true and so beautiful ... Wishing you the best year ever, full of creativity and joy ♥

  4. I love that poem, Maya and your profound perfect ending to the year post! A beautiful message to women in general of every ethnicity!! Love your geisha and yes the book was fabulous too! I hope your year is abundant in good health, wealth and joy!!

    Hugs Giggles

  5. Love Maya Anjelou's poem and your beautiful artwork. Happy New Year! Visiting from PPF-TruffleArt.


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