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Walking Down Park - Poem by Nikki Giovanni

walking down park
amsterdam
or columbus do you ever stop
to think what it looked like
before it was an avenue
did you ever stop to think
what you walked
before you rode
subways to the stock
exchange (we can't be on
the stock exchange
we are the stock
exchanged)

did you ever maybe wonder
what grass was like before
they rolled it
into a ball and called
it central park
where syphilitic dogs
and their two-legged tubercular
masters fertilize
the corners and side-walks
ever want to know what would happen
if your life could be fertilized
by a love thought
from a loved one
who loves you

ever look south
on a clear day and not see
time's squares but see
tall Birch trees with sycamores
touching hands
and see gazelles running playfully
after the lions
ever hear the antelope bark
from the third floor apartment

ever, did you ever, sit down
and wonder about what freedom's freedom
would bring
it's so easy to be free
you start by loving yourself
then those who look like you
all else will come
naturally

ever wonder why
so much asphalt was laid
in so little space
probably so we would forget
the Iroquois, Algonquin
and Mohicans who could caress
the earth

ever think what Harlem would be
like if our herbs and roots and elephant ears
grew sending
a cacophony of sound to us
the parrot parroting black is beautiful black is beautiful
owls sending out whooooo's making love ...
and me and you just sitting in the sun trying
to find a way to get a banana tree from one of the monkeys
koala bears in the trees laughing at our listlessness

ever think its possible
for us to be
happy
Nikki Giovanni

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Behis Hain Yahan Log Bhla Socha Ke Karna
Is Door Main Logon Se Wafa Soch Ke Karna
Gul Shakh Se Bic

Tehni Pay Kisi Shajar Ki Tanha
Bulbul Tha Koi Udaas Betha
Kehta Tha Ke Raat Sir Pay Aayi
Urrnay C

hooriyan bhi donga baaliyan bhi donga

Eid ke din mere ghar na aayi to gaaliyan bhi donga :p

How careful was I, when I took my way,
Each trifle under truest bars to thrust,
That to my use it

lamhon ke azab sah raha hun
main apne wajud ki saza hun
zaKHmon ke gulab khil rahe hain
KHushb

Jism Ke Jazeeray Mein, Ye Jo Dil Ki Vaadi Hai
Is Pe Raaj Hai Jis Ka, TU Wo Shehzaadi Hai
Apnay Dar

-No one understands the silence between my words
-No one understands the sadness behind my smile
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Sirf mere chehry ki udasi se bhar aaye us ke Aankhon main Aansoo,,,

Dil ka alam to abhi us ne da

Bahut roya woh hum ko yaad kar ke

Hamaari zindagii barbaad kar ke

PalaT kar phir yahiN aajay

Teri Tishnagi Mein Choor Hain Hum,
Aaj Tak Nahin Kaha Aapse
To Ye Mat Samajhna Maghroor Hain Hum,

H0Ti H0Gi MeRe B0say Ki TalaB Main PaaGal

Jab BHi ZulF0un Main K0i PHo0l SaJaTi H0Gi

Kafir-e-ishqam musalmani mara darkaar neest
Har rag-e mun taar gashta hajat-e zunnaar neest;
Az s

Mera mizaaj nahin haan main haan nahin milane ka,
Ghalat thi baat teri, ikhtlaaf maine kiyaa..

Baat karni mujhe mushkil kabhi aesi to na thi,
Jaisi ab hai teri mehfil kabhi aisi to na thi,
Le g

Main bhi bohat ajeeb hoon itna ajeeb hoon ke bass,
Khud ko tabaah kar liya aur malaal bhi naheen..

Taskeen Na Ho Jis Se Wo Raaz Badal Dalo
Jo Raaz Na Rakh Paye Hamraaz Badal Dalo

Tum Ne B Suni Ho

Lipat Kar Apni Tanhayi Se Jagta Rehta Hon, ,
Tamam Raat Kisi Ki Yaad Mujhe Sone Nahi Deti, ,
Uski

Gham na kar,
Gham na kar,
Dard thham jaye ga,
Gham na kar,
Yaar laut aayen ge,
Gham na kar,
Za

As a decrepit father takes delight
To see his active child do deeds of youth,
So I, made lame by F

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