I used to wonder


I used to wonder
how it would be to watch someone
like Nikki Giovanni
be born
to be in that circle
to see her fresh and raw and dark
from the womb—
Here is my body which is given to you
in words the world has never seen
be careful with me
I don’t wonder any more

What do you even say to that?
You can’t say
Are you kidding me?
You’re Nikki Fucking Giovanni
Can’t say it, because
she isn’t yet—
But she is—

—Don Whittington



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