Thursday, July 22, 2010

Natural Blast From the Past: Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni is a great poet!

She has been natural in every single picture I've ever seen of her. Presently, she rocks a short TWA. But, back in the day she was wearing her hair much bigger.

I have decided to leave post a poem by her below. Love it!

By Nikki Giovanni

childhood remembrances are always a drag
if you’re Black
you always remember things like living in Woodlawn
with no inside toilet
and if you become famous or something
they never talk about how happy you were to have your mother
all to yourself and
how good the water felt when you got your bath from one of those
big tubs that folk in Chicago barbecue in
and somehow when you talk about home
it never gets across how much you
understood their feelings
as the whole family attended meetings about Hollydale
and even though you remember
your biographers never understand
your father’s pain as he sells his stock
and another dream goes
and though you’re poor it isn’t poverty that
concerns you
and though they fight a lot
it isn’t your father’s drinking that makes any difference
but only that everybody is together and you
and your sister have happy birthdays and very good
and I really hope no white person ever has cause to write about me
because they never understand that Black love is Black wealth and they’ll
probably talk about my hard childhood and never understand that
all the while I was quite happy.

1 comment:

  1. the spoken word speaks the truth. we had hard times, but we were happy :)