Poet Nikki Giovanni’s, “All I Gotta Do” Poem

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All I Gotta Do

all i gotta do
is sit and wait
sit and wait
and it’s gonna find
me
all i gotta do
is sit and wait
if i can learn how

what i need to do
is sit and wait
cause i’m a woman
sit and wait
what i gotta do
is sit and wait
cause i’m a woman
it’ll find me

you get yours
and i’ll get mine
if i learn
to sit and wait
you got yours
i want mine
and i’m gonna get it
cause i gotta get it
cause i need to get it
if i learn how

thought about calling
for it on the phone
asked for a delivery
but they didn’t have it
thought about going
to the store to get it
walked to the corner
but they didn’t have it

called your name
in my sleep
sitting and waiting
thought you would awake me
called your name
lying in my bed
but you didn’t have it
offered to go get it
but you didn’t have it
so i’m sitting

all i know
is sitting and waiting
waiting and sitting
cause i’m a woman
all i know
is sitting and waiting
cause i gotta wait
wait for it to find
me

-Nikki Giovanni

Yolande Cornelia “Nikki” Giovanni, Jr. is an American poet, writer, commentator, activist, and educator. Giovanni is one of the world’s most well-known African-American poets, her work includes poetry anthologies, poetry recordings, and nonfiction essays, and covers topics ranging from race and social issues to children’s literature. She has won numerous awards, including the Langston Hughes Medal, the NAACP Image Award.

Giovanni gained initial fame in the late 1960s as one of the foremost authors of the Black Arts Movement. Influenced by the Civil Rights Movement and Black Power Movement of the period, her early work provides a strong, militant African-American perspective, leading one writer to dub her the “Poet of the Black Revolution.

 

source:

http://www.nikki-giovanni.com/

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