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Afeni

17" x 11"

Digital Print of Watercolor art

 

The poem, written by noteable poet Nikki Giovanni, commemorates the life of Afeni Shakur Davis, an American activist, businesswoman, and the mother of American rapper, Tupac Shakur. Nikki Giovanni has the original painting. 

 

Afeni

(b. 22 January 1947—d. 2 May 2016)

 

When my lover leaves

our bed…it is colder

sometimes I turn

the blanket on and sometimes

I just get

up.

 

I used to wait

until our dog jumped

up to sit at my feet

which gave me some

thing to cuddle with

but as the dog got older

and couldn’t jump

I picked her up

though ultimately she decided to ascend

to Heaven to visit

with some of the other folk she loved

 

When the sun tucks in

the air is cooler

though it is only right

that night brings

the soothing warmth

that puts us to sleep

the same could be said

of Winter pushing

Autumn into Summer’s embrace

 

Snow and ice will come

which is necessary for seeds

to grow

flowers to bloom

birds to nibble

so that eggs can hatch

but all change either

Right or Left

brings something cool

or certainly something missing

 

Afeni is not only

a cloud sheltering the sun

or the rain braising

the thirsty grass

 

She is also a season indicating change

 

She has ascended to the Heaven

to join those she loves

to brings the warmth to our souls

to help us

Grow

 

—Nikki Giovanni

 

 

 

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Afeni, a poem by Nikki Giovanni

$25.00Price