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"Ego Tripping"

Ego Tripping

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                                                       5



I sat on the throne

drinking nectar with Allah

I got hot and sent an ice age to Europe

to cool my thirst.                                                                                      10

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                                                                                            15

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                                                                     20


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                                                                 25

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                                                                      30


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                                                                   35

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                                40

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                                                                         45

except by my permission


I mean ... I ... can fly

like a bird in the sky ...

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