poet Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni

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For Saundra

I wanted to write
a poem
that rhymes
but revolution doesn't lend
itself to be-bopping

then my neighbor
who thinks i hate
asked - do you ever write
tree poems - i like trees
so i thought
i'll write a beautiful green tree poem
peeked from my window
to check the image
noticed that the school yard was covered
with asphalt
no green - no trees grow
in manhattan


then, well, i thought the sky
i'll do a big blue sky poem
but all the clouds have winged
low since no-Dick was elected


so i thought again
and it occurred to me
maybe i shouldn't write
at all
but clean my gun
and check my kerosene supply


perhaps these are not poetic
times
at all

Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016
Poem Edited: Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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Comments about For Saundra by Nikki Giovanni

  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (4/16/2020 4:22:00 AM)

    then, well, i thought the sky
    i'll do a big blue sky poem
    but all the clouds have winged
    low since no- was elected.. a blue sky poem. tony

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