Nikki Giovanni

(June 7, 1943 / Knoxville, Tennessee)

Always There Are The Children - Poem by Nikki Giovanni

and always there are the children

there will be children in the heat of day
there will be children in the cold of winter


children like a quilted blanket
are welcomed in our old age


children like a block of ice to a desert sheik
are signs of status in our youth


we feed the children with our culture
that they might understand our travail

we nourish the children on our gods
that they may understand respect

we urge the children on the tracks
that our race will not fall short

but our children are not ours
nor we theirs they are future we are past


how do we welcome the future
not with the colonialism of the past
for that is our problem
not with the racism of the past
for that is their problem
not with the fears of our own status
for history is lived not dictated

we welcome the young of all groups
as our own with the solid nourishment
of food and warmth

we prepare the way with the solid
nourishment of self-actualization

we implore all the young to prepare for the young
because always there will be children.


Comments about Always There Are The Children by Nikki Giovanni

  • (5/9/2019 11:13:00 AM)

    You are so cool you are good (Report)Reply

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  • (5/9/2019 11:11:00 AM)

    I hate this it makes my hands red, we have to do it in class it’s bad! ! ! ! (Report)Reply

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  • (5/9/2019 11:08:00 AM)

    I will try to rise
    for the first time in the past year I think I am a great person and I love you and I hope to see him in the next few days I know he is a little bit of a pain but I cannot last for a month
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  • (5/9/2019 11:05:00 AM)

    It’s to long and it’s going to make my face red👎🏽👈🏽🙏🏽✍🏽✍🏽😭😡🥵🥵🥵 (Report)Reply

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  • (5/9/2019 11:00:00 AM)

    Now I’m just getting back into work right after school and then we look up Nikki Giovanni. (Report)Reply

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  • (5/9/2019 10:58:00 AM)

    The Nikki Giovanni has some dum poems I hate Nikki Giovanni (Report)Reply

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  • (5/9/2019 10:57:00 AM)

    I hate my LIFE ahhhhhhhh (Report)Reply

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  • (5/9/2019 10:56:00 AM)

    I hate doing Nikki Giovanni poems (Report)Reply

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  • (5/9/2019 10:54:00 AM)

    I think I know what she is saying we will rise (Report)Reply

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  • (5/9/2019 10:53:00 AM)

    We have to do this in class (Report)Reply

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  • (5/8/2019 3:53:00 PM)

    We have to do in class (Report)Reply

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  • (5/8/2019 3:51:00 PM)

    We have to do it in class. (Report)Reply

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  • (4/23/2019 3:14:00 PM)

    Now that you know the answer that you (Report)Reply

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  • (5/17/2018 3:53:00 PM)

    I’m a kid nut I understand she saying we will fall but we will rise again (Report)Reply

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  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (12/30/2015 12:04:00 PM)

    Wonderful poetry...............we welcome the young of all groups
    as our own with the solid nourishment
    of food and warmth
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Poem Submitted: Thursday, August 13, 2015



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