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Mural on 113th Street

Revolutionary Dreams By Nikki Giovanni


I used to dream militant dreams

of taking over america to show

these white folks

how it should be done


I used to dream radical dreams

of blowing everyone away

with my perceptive powers

of correct analysis


I even used to think I'd be the one

to stop the riot and

negotiate the peace


then I awoke and dug

that if I dreamed natural

dreams of being a natural

woman doing what a woman

does when she's natural

I would have a revolution.


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Taken on April 23, 2011