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I Continue to Rise


I've been judged by the color of my skin
Treated like i'm a nothing,a nobody
Called by many a name:a fool, a nothing,not even a human
But i continue to rise

They hate me for who i am
They try their best to put me down
They try to fill my heart with despair
But yet i still continue to rise

Every chance they get,its to cause me hurt
They look at me like i'm some kind of abomination
They constantly seek my extermination
But i still continue to rise

Do they hate me for just being me
That i don't follow the crowds,or go with their flow
The fact that i'm different from them
The fact that i don't do the same things they do.

And as if that wasn't enough
My own race at times shun me, and criticize each other
Their constanly going against one another,son against father,daughter against mother
Sometimes i feel trapped in this malice
Smothered in this constant hatery of the races
We all must try to seek freedom and redemption
This is why i must continue to rise

I offer prayers to those in need of prayers
I shed a tear for the fallen and broken,watching the tears become a river  
Can you people see this black youth's tears
All i can do now is pray for peace,hope,and better days
In fact,let me say a prayer in hopes of better days
For these reasons i'm gonna continue to rise

I want to say peace and love to people in the east,west,north,and south.
To lift them all out of misery,sorrow,and doubt
R.I.P. and love to those who've come and gone.
Good luck and better days to those who've yet to be born.

R.I.P. to my people who're no longer here.
Love to those who're fighting for a better future
But until the day that i can see you all again
I will continue to live,continue to dream

Through all the pain,sadness,and rain.
The sun will shine one day again.
And we'll hold hands and watch hope rise
Which is why for that I WILL STILL CONTINUE TO RISE..

Copyright © | Year Posted 2010

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Date: 2/21/2011 6:28:00 AM
very inspirational i love it. it has so much meaning just like the poem in which you were inspired from.
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Date: 3/3/2010 5:44:00 AM
Wonderful poem, so meaningful and well expressed. I admire the strength you portray.
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Date: 2/9/2010 7:03:00 PM
Very moving and uplifting!
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Date: 1/18/2010 4:46:00 PM
I Love This So Much. Maya Angelou's Poem, Itself Was Amazing; And This, Deserves The Same Pedistile. Brilliant Piece Of Art. Shall We All Rise Above This Hate, Filth, And Disgrace With You, And Let The Rain Wash Us Clean, And The Sun Dry Our Tears And Sorrows. Blessed Be, You Are A Brother To ME, Beneath The Sky. And With You I Will Continue To Rise. Forever ~ Rain
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