The Laws of Motion (for Harlem Magic) By Nikki Giovanni
The laws of science teash us a pound of gold weighs as
much as a pound of flour though if dropped from any
undertermind height in theri natural state one would
reach bottom and one would fly away
Laws of motion tell us an inert object is more difficult to
propel than an object heading in the wrong direction is to
turn around. Motion being energy - inertia - apathy.
Apathy equals hostility. Hostility - violence. Violence
being energy is its own virtue. Laws of motion teach us
Black people are no less confused because of our
Blackness than we are diffused becasue of our
powerlessness. Man we are told is the only animal who
smile with his lips. The eyes however are the mirror of
The problem with love is not what we feel but what we
wish we felt when we began to feel we should feel
Just as publicity is not production:
seduction is not seductive
If I could make a wish I'd wish for all the knowledge of all
the world. Black may be beautiful
Professor Micheau says but knowledge is power.
Any desirable object is bought and sold -
any neglected object declines in value.
It is against man's nature to be in either category
If white defines Black and good defines evil then men
define women or women scientifically speaking describe men.
If sweet is the opposite of sour
and heat the absense of cold then
love is the contradiction of pain
and beauty is in the eye of the beheld
Sometimes I want to touch you and be touched in return.
But you think I'm grabbing and I think your're shirking and
Mama always said to look out for men like
So I go to the streets with my lips painted red and my
eyes carefully shielded to seduce the world my reluctant
And you go to your men slapping fives feeling good
posing as a man because you know as long as you sit
very very still the laws of motion will be in effect