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
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I'm a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise. -Maya Angelou
I believe in this project, I believe in the stories that are being told, I believe that these stories need to be seen and heard. Isthunzi is art imitating life. Isthunzi is a reflection of what's happening in our world today. As painful as it can be at times, it's a harsh reality and I hope we can get the conversation going. That it just doesn't end here, but that it will evoke something on the inside of people watching, that will instigate action that will lead to change. I'm one person, but I can contribute to the ending of vicious cycles that have plagued us for generations. IT ENDS WITH ME!
This photo was taken days before the fire. Unfortunately, this piece was lost. I often get a lot of revelations out in the desert... that day was one of them. I am at peace with everything that has taken place since then. I AM filled with an undying passion to create and that I will do... LOVE lifted ME! #likeaphoenix#Irise#Art#Love#Beauty