Dreams by Nikki Giovanni

in my younger years
before i learned
black people aren’t
suppose to dream
i wanted to be
a raelet
and say “dr o wn d in my youn tears” 
or “tal kin bout tal kin bout” 
or marjorie hendricks and grind   
all up against the mic
and scream
“baaaaaby nightandday   
baaaaaby nightandday” 
then as i grew and matured
i became more sensible   
and decided i would   
settle down
and just become
a sweet inspiration