Poem of the Day

Brown Diamond

The Poem of the Day is:

Ego Tripping 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 glows every one hundred years falls into

the center giving divine perfect light



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 Nefferttiti

the tears from my birth pains created the Nile

I am a beautiful woman


I gazed on a 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 Jesus!

men intone my loving name

All praises – All praises

I am the one who would save


I sowed diamonds in my backyard

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 east to reach west – 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 …


—Bronx Girl



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