Monday, February 8, 2010

Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day

Today I'm posting about a book of poetry that I read through every so often.   I first read poems in this book when I was going through a low period years ago, and I found they really spoke to me.  Now, I still like to read through them once in a while just to revisit them in a quiet moment.    I know nikki giovanni wrote these poems a number of years ago (in the introduction, she's referred to as a "woman of the seventies"), but they are so simple as to be timeless.    So, I'm just sharing a little bit today....

Don't look now
I'm fading away
into the gray of my mornings
Or the blues of every night

I strangle my words as easily as I do my tears
I stifle my screams as frequently as I flash my smie
    it means nothing
I am cotton candy on a rainy day
    the unrealized dream of an idea unborn

(taken from the poem Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day  p. 21-23)

One of my favorites is the poem Choices (p. 66) .... and this is taken from that ----

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

I own one copy of this book, but have been known to buy an extra when I see it at a used bookstore and then give it away to a friend.   :)


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