1. Choices

From the recording THE ACHE OF POSSIBILITY

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8. CHOICES (Music by Louis Rosen, Poetry by Nikki Giovanni)

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 / though 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 mammals / learns to cry

© 2009 by Louis Rosen & Nikki Giovanni, Lullwater Music, ASCAP; Poetry © 1978 by Nikki Giovanni