June 25, 2006

To introduce the new site we’re posting one of Nikki’s most popular poems, Ego Trippin’

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 Nefertiti

the tears from by 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 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..
Nikki Giovanni can fly


6 Responses to “Introduction”

  1. Alex Frazier Says:

    That is my favorite poem of all time. If Shakespere was alive when she wrote that he would have had to bow down.
    This is a poem that has surely stood the test of time. To me the best two lines (if I just had to choose)are “the tears from my birth pains created the Nile.” And “I’m so hip even my errors are correct.” Like I said the greatest of all time.

  2. Alese Hill Says:

    This is one of the most powerful poems I have heard about the strength of a black woman. It is the perfect way to speak metaphorically on how a black woman feels about herself. Most of the black woman who read this get a boost of self-esteem because they make it about them. I know thats what happened to me. A work of art

  3. autumn Says:

    i love that poem

  4. autumn Says:

    it is so wonderful great

  5. Rochi Samra Says:

    I seriously am grateful for all of the hard work that you’ve done keeping this blog here. I honestly hope this is around for a nice long time.

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