Thursday, May 7, 2009

I See The Sun!

I have been reading, and enjoying some new books of poetry, so I thought I would share one of mine and one of Maya Angelou's...

~ Texas Skies by E Stelling ~

Clouds dot clear skies in Texas like mesquite and tumbleweeds blowing along old highways. Taking shape like when a woman catch’s a glance from a tall and lanky cowboy who smiles, and tips his hat; that leads to conversation laced with flirtation. Becoming a date and a beer down at the local bar; then maybe a scoot across the saw dust dance floor; where he pulls her in close giving off a hint he wants more. His face leans into hers. Loneliness, maybe love brings on a kiss that may or may not be what either were looking for at a night’s end. All that is left is a scene of rustled blankets, musty bed sheets, and an empty room filled with vast memories like Texas skies dotted with pretty white clouds that can take on shapes that remind us of so many things.

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


Midlife, menopause, mistakes and random stuff... said...

Why your poetry is beautiful Elizabeth!!! How talented you are. I do not have the gift of poetry as you do :)
I love Maya don't you?? She's without a doubt one of my favorites. "I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings" is a timeless classic, no?
Yes, please do use the saying on the tea towel for your son's birthday!! Isn't that just the best??

Steady On
Reggie Girl

Just telling it like it is said...

I love Maya Angelou;)

Gordon said...

I enjoyed your poem, Elizabeth. Have you published a book that I could purchase? I would love to have one if you have.
I have written about four hundred poems, but almost all of them are rhyming variety, I've thought about experimenting with modern versem but never seem to get around to it. Maybe you will inspire me.
Perhaps you and I could do a poetry theme challenge together. It is interesting to exercise my mind on something that is not my idea. I recently wrote a poem on request,for a friend.
Many of my poems are an attempt at humor. I just posted one on my blog, dedicated to J9.
You have the right stuff, girl!

Chef E said...

I have the right to remove or reject, just as everyone does...I thought I had deleted the comment the other day, and just saw it. I am not reading or publishing any more...we all need to move on...

mermayd said...

you are not going to read or publish anymore?? so no more blogs?