But Still I Will Rise

But still I will rise,
Because my own displays of strength inspire me;

I will rise against the smallβ€”
The travails of OCD;

I will rise against myself,
And all of this irritability,
Moment, by moment,
Working to regain clarity;

I will rise above it all,
Despite those who set me back,

I will rise above the memories,
Of all of those traumas past;

I will rise once again,
Precisely because I have no right to.


28 thoughts on “But Still I Will Rise

    1. Thank you Margie! I’ve just been asleep again and feel better :). It’s now incidentally, almost midnight and the time which I wanted to begin days at!!

      So now I am really well-rested with a long stretch of peaceful time ahead of me. This is nice!

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      1. Erm…or maybe not, spoke too soon! My intimating and noisy housemate who cooks topless in the kitchen is now in there. I’m still getting used to this new normal when these housemates are all around ALL the time now…😨

        It’s honestly getting hard to find a time in the kitchen that’s free!

        At least he does seem to have stopped having friends around and talks to them on the phone instead. At the very top of his lungs on speakerphone, of course, but on the phone.

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      2. He is! That describes him perfectly. The arrogance and lack of empathy that shows in his eyes…truly chills me.

        But I’ve been cooking now! I made emergency lentils with sliced onion and chopped sausages mixed in! Now I’m going to make flapjack :D, then have a shower then rest :).

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      3. I am sorry you have such an inconsiderate housemate, Robin. 😦 Oh, you are cooking, good for you! The lentils sound good, better than burnt salmon, LOL .Yum on the flapjack. Guess what I had for dinner, toast and jam and a slice of cheese, sometimes I like to have breakfast for dinner. LOL Hubby was a little mad as I did not want to cook but I had a bad day and I told him to “go fly a kite’ Ha . He made himself some mac and cheese. Rest well, Robin πŸ™‚ x


    2. I actually cried for the first time in ages whilst lying on my bed after writing the poems. Haha, sounds tragic! But I think I will sleep more in general, because I think I actually need more sleep than usual at the moment.

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  1. BTW, do you know ‘Still I Rise’ by Maya Angelou? If not, you can find several great videos of her reciting it on YouTube. Her poetry and life are a wonderful inspiration to anyone who is struggling. And so are you, Robin. I see your fantastic inner strength shining through again and again.

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    1. Thank you!!! πŸ™‚. I really appreciate that πŸ’™.

      I do actually know about her ‘Still I Rise’ poem! I saw ‘Still I Rise’ tattooed on somebody once and looked it up, haha. I’ve been thinking I might get that tattooed when I can afford to :D. So, yes, this poem was definitely inspired by her! πŸ˜„

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      1. Ah, brilliant. Thank you for fixing my comment! I am glad you know Still I Rise. Your poem was wonderfully original but I wondered if I could detect echoes. It’s one of my favourite poems. I read one of her autobiographies a couple of years ago and I was blown away by everything that she had managed to rise above. Anyway, you’re a star, Robin, and I hope you have a good day. πŸ˜ƒ πŸ’–

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      2. Thanks! I haven’t read her poem for ages, I think I will now! Or listen to her read it on youtube :).

        Cool! I’m sure I’d enjoy reading a biography of her one day too. Thank you, same to you! πŸ˜„πŸ’™


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