Terrell Owens cites Nikki Giovanni's "Choices" as his favorite poem and explains how poetry "allows people to express themselves through written and spoken word when they otherwise may not be able to" in 24 All-Star Readers on the Words That Rock Their Worlds.


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

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 animals
learns to cry
—Nikki Giovanni

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