For Dr Maya Angelou
(April 4 1928 – May 28 2014)

Vanquished by the day one may be,
Beaten down by the barren night.

Faltering at times,
at times upright.

Still one stands.
One still fights.

For though one falls,

One must rise*


*this poem was inspired by the poem ‘Still I Rise’ by Maya Angelou