Friday, February 13, 2009

Figures in Black History #10

Everyone has their favorite thing.
Whether it be food or music;
clothing or shoes.
We have those favorites too.
But as writers and readers
and lovers of literature
and words (spoken and written)
we have favorite poems and poets,
books and authors,
orators and storytellers.
This is one.
Ego Tripping
(there may be a reason why)
by Nikki Giovanni

I was born in the Congo
I walked to the Fertile Crescent and built
the sphinx
I designed a pyramid so tough that a star
that only glows every one hundred years falls
into the center giving divine perfect light
I am bad
I sat on the throne

drinking nectar with Allah
I got hot and sent an ice age to Europe
to cool my thirst
My oldest daughter is Nefertiti
the tears from my birth pains
created the Nile
I am a beautiful woman
I gazed on the forest and burned

out the Sahara desert
with a packet of goat's meat
and a change of clothes
I crossed it in two hours
I am a gazelle so swift
so swift you can't catch me
For a birthday present when he was three

I gave my son Hannibal an elephant
He gave me Rome for mother's day
My strength flows ever on
My son Noah built new/ark and

I stood proudly at the helm
as we sailed on a soft summer day
I turned myself into myself and was
men intone my loving name
All praises All praises
I am the one who would save
I sowed diamonds in my back yard

My bowels deliver uranium
the filings from my fingernails are
semi-precious jewels
On a trip north
I caught a cold and blew
My nose giving oil to the Arab world
I am so hip even my errors are correct
I sailed west to reach east and had to round off
the earth as I went
The hair from my head thinned and gold was laid
across three continents
I am so perfect so divine so ethereal so surreal

I cannot be comprehended except by my permission
I mean...I...can fly
like a bird in the sky...
To learn more (read her bio, book titles, poem titles, etc.)
click the link below

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