Choice Between Lightness And The Commitment With The Weight Of The Freedom Paulo Zerbato

Choices by Nikki Giovanni

Post Series: Poetry Thursday


A 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 mammals

learns to cry

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