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
though 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


Comments about Choices by Nikki Giovanni

  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (12/22/2019 9:50:00 PM)

    beautiful poem/// this poem encourages to do what you cannot do; encourages to feel what you cannot feel comfortably; encourages to serve where you are hindered practically; yeah, be brave heart to do on the theme of welfare, on the base of philanthropy(Report)Reply

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  • Kevin PatrickKevin Patrick (12/22/2019 6:20:00 PM)

    learning that life is about compromising once life, we can not do what he want, but we do what we can, Giovanni provides true wisdom.(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (12/22/2019 1:09:00 PM)

    Since i can't go
    where i need
    to go... then i must... go
    where the signs point
    though always understanding
    parallel movement
    isn't lateral. very good poem(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (12/22/2019 5:12:00 AM)

    So many twists and turns. Nice one. Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (12/22/2019 1:01:00 AM)

    Needs and wants! !
    To do your best.


    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • gabby (9/18/2019 10:04:00 AM)

    i love this poem so freaking much.! !(Report)Reply

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  • Don KubickiDon Kubicki (6/18/2019 7:49:00 PM)

    Ten wiersz jest przeciętny w najlepszym.(Report)Reply

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  • Kaila McDaniel (3/10/2019 4:00:00 PM)

    So far I 💓 this poem(Report)Reply

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  • UR Mom (11/5/2018 3:29:00 PM)

    Capitalize UR i's. its not that hard and I wouldn; t expect this on a poem website.(Report)Reply

    hypocrisy(3/23/2019 7:15:00 PM)

    It was a stylistic choice Nikki Giovanni made. e. e. cummings didn't even capitalize his name, nor did he capitalize his I's. He didn't really capitalize the words at the beginnings of sentences, either. And just so you know, it's " your" not " you are, " and maybe you should capitalize your own I's before calling out other people. And you make contractions using an apostrophe and not a semicolon and a space.

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  • billy boiii (8/23/2018 1:35:00 PM)

    GG and its a good poem that we are learning about in school so gots mad respect for tis dood.... good poem overall(Report)Reply

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  • Not The Russian Mafia (2/15/2018 8:08:00 AM)

    вы должны играть в hotline miami, если честно, это действительно хорошая игра(Report)Reply

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  • RussianMafia (2/15/2018 8:06:00 AM)

    вы должны играть в hotline miami, если честно, это действительно хорошая игра(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Poem Edited: Sunday, September 10, 2017


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