Just because there are days when we must forget the enormity of our tasks ahead and reflect and be empowered by completed accomplishments, I present to you a poem from one of my favorites – Nikki Giovanni.

Ego-Tripping (There May Be A Reason Why)
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 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 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 …

On what poem or song are you reflecting today?  Who is your favorite poet?



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