April is Poetry Month- Poem 4


The fourth, but last poem is by Nikki Giovanni called “Choices”. Life is full of choices, rather it be good or bad. The choices you make everyday affect the present, and the future. When you make a bad one, depending on the severity, regardless anyway, you can learn from them. Make every choice count. Thank you for enjoying these four poems by the greatest and famous poets!
(I make no claims on these poems.)

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If i can’t do
what i want to do
then my job is to not
do what i don’t want
to do
It’s not the same thing
but it’s the best i can
do

If i can’t have
what i want . . . then
my job is to want
what i’ve got
and be satisfied
that at least there
is something more to want

Since i can’t go
where i need
to go . . . then i must . . . go
where the signs point
through always understanding
parallel movement
isn’t lateral

When i can’t express
what i really feel
i practice feeling
what i can express
and none of it is equal
I know
but that’s why mankind
alone among the animals
learns to cry

—Nikki Giovanni (June 5, 1943- Present)

Until we meet again,

Pamela🌹

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