Women by Nikki Giovanni

She wanted to be a blade of grass amid the fields
But he wouldn’t agree to be the dandelion

She wanted to be a robin singing through the leaves
but he refused to be her tree

She spun herself into a web
and looking for a place to rest
turned to him
but he stood straight
declining to be her corner

She tried to be a book
but he wouldn’t read
she turned herself into a bulb
but he wouldn’t let her grow

she decided to become a woman
and though he still refused to be a man
she decided it was all right.

Nikki Giovanni

Category: Haiku, Healing,