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

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

  • (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

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  • (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

  • (2/15/2018 8:08:00 AM)

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

  • (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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