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Ego Trippin the poem by Nikki GIovanni

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Ego Trippin’


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 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 Nefferttiti


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 ...

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