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 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.