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Friday, May 21, 2010

Poetry Friday--A Fortuitous Mistake

I was in the children's room browsing the shelves of poetry books and I came across Bicycles: Love Poems by Nikki Giovanni [811.54 GIO]. What is this doing here? It's not a children's book! I know why it was there, it had a bicycle on the cover, and some inattentive person (not a slam, we all get distracted at times) immediately thought "children's room" and shelved it there. But, in pulling it off the shelf to take back out to the adult shelves, I looked through it once again. It is a great little collection!

Here's a favorite:
I Am a Mirror

I am a mirror

I reflect the grace
              Of my mother
The tenacity
              Of my grandmother
The patience
              Of my grandfather
The sweat
              Of my great-grandmother
The hope
              Of my great-great-grandfather
The songs
              Of my ancestors
The prayers
              Of those on the auction block
The bravery
              Of those in middle passage

I reflect the strengths
              Of my people
              And for that alone
I am loved

Also in the book is "We Are Virginia Tech," a poem written after the Virginia Tech student tragedy of April 16, 2007. Here is Giovanni reciting the poem at the Virginia Tech memorial service held the following day:

I hope this hasn't left you too sad...

Cheer up with the Poetry Friday Round-Up being hosted by Laura Salas.


  1. "We are better than we think and not quite what we want to be."

    Thanks for sharing both of these strong, powerful poems.

  2. What a brave poem Nikki wrote. I'm so glad we have poetry to turn to in these times.

    Laura Evans