Nikki Giovanni

(June 7, 1943 / Knoxville, Tennessee)

Choices - Poem by Nikki Giovanni

If i can't do
what i want to do
then my job is to not
do what i don't want
to do
It's not the same thing
but it's the best i can
do

If i can't have
what i want . . . then
my job is to want
what i've got
and be satisfied
that at least there
is something more to want

Since i can't go
where i need
to go . . . then i must . . . go
where the signs point
through always understanding
parallel movement
isn't lateral

When i can't express
what i really feel
i practice feeling
what i can express
and none of it is equal
I know
but that's why mankind
alone among the animals
learns to cry


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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Poem Edited: Tuesday, December 10, 2013


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