Allowables : Nikki Giovanni

I killed a spider

Not a murderous brown recluse

Not even a black widow

And if the truth were told this

Was only a small

sort of papery spider

Who should have run

When I picked up the book

But she didn’t

And she scared me

And I smashed her

I don’t think

I am allowed

To kill something

Because I am


~ Nikki Giovanni


( Chasing Utopia, A Hybrid. 2013 )

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