Nikki Giovanni

(June 7, 1943 / Knoxville, Tennessee)

Beautiful Black Men - Poem by Nikki Giovanni

(With compliments and apologies to all not mentioned by name)

i wanta say just gotta say something
bout those beautiful beautiful beautiful outasight
black men
with they afros
walking down the street
is the same ol danger
but a brand new pleasure

sitting on stoops, in bars, going to offices
running numbers, watching for their whores
preaching in churches, driving their hogs
walking their dogs, winking at me
in their fire red, lime green, burnt orange
royal blue tight tight pants that hug
what i like to hug

jerry butler, wilson pickett, the impressions
temptations, mighty mighty sly
don't have to do anything but walk
on stage
and i scream and stamp and shout
see new breed men in breed alls
dashiki suits with shirts that match
the lining that compliments the ties
that smile at the sandals
where dirty toes peek at me
and i scream and stamp and shout
for more beautiful beautiful beautiful
black men with outasight afros


Comments about Beautiful Black Men by Nikki Giovanni

  • Aniruddha Pathak (11/12/2019 5:34:00 AM)

    Bold and beautiful if I can say so,
    and daringly penned, and so well.
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  • Mahtab Bangalee (11/12/2019 4:13:00 AM)

    i scream and stamp and shout
    for more beautiful beautiful beautiful
    black men with outasight afros /// beautifully penned
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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (11/12/2018 11:15:00 PM)

    Such a well crafted piece by Nikki Giovanni....................... (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi Louis (11/12/2018 2:37:00 PM)

    Beautiful Black Men! ! ! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Savita Tyagi (11/12/2018 11:01:00 AM)

    A mighty appealing poem! Fascinating expression of human beauty, love and desire. (Report)Reply

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  • Adrian Flett (11/12/2018 7:50:00 AM)

    How ironic is this view? (Report)Reply

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  • Aqua Flower (11/12/2018 6:52:00 AM)

    Congratulations dear poetess for your poem being chosen for POD. Poetry is an expression of thoughts. This is expressed vividly in good imagery throughout. (Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani Mahakul (11/12/2018 6:07:00 AM)

    and i scream and stamp and shout
    see new breed men in breed alls........nice poetic expression. Beautiful poem. Thanks and congratulations for being choosen as the POD.
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  • Mahtab Bangalee (11/12/2018 3:58:00 AM)

    Surrender
    I surrender all blackness
    Here, the room of soul
    into me the servant
    to the surveillance of light
    its the holy black
    The Depth Of All Color
    The Depth Of All Virtue
    The Depth Of All Creations
    The KRISHNA
    I surrendered myself to that blackness
    ..............
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  • (11/12/2018 12:56:00 AM)

    Dashiki suits with shirts that match yoh! ! Yah....
    Enjoyable telling poem.
    Thanks for sharing poetess Nikki.
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  • (7/13/2018 7:10:00 PM)

    It is poetry (Report)Reply

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  • (5/1/2018 11:26:00 AM)

    What does this mean? I wanta say just gotta say something, what? (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, July 3, 2015



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