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Ode To Cho – Virginia Tech’s Nikki Giovanni’s Poem

by | 21st, April 2007

NIKKI Giovanni, of Virginia Tech English Department, has written a poem.

Ms Giovanni is no angst-ridden teenage student. She is a University Distinguished Professor in literature and black studies. Does her poem capture the mood?

This is her poem:

We are Virginia Tech

We do not understand this tragedy
We know we did nothing to deserve it

But neither does a child in Africa
Dying of AIDS

Neither do the Invisible Children
Walking the night away to avoid being captured by a rogue army

Neither does the baby elephant watching his community
Be devastated for ivory

Neither does the Mexican child looking
For fresh water

Neither does the Iraqi teenager dodging bombs

Neither does the Appalachian infant killed
By a boulder
Because the land was destabilized

No one deserves a tragedy

Just to remind you – Cho Seung-Hui was not a boulder but something that passed for a human being who picked up guns and murdered 32 people.

Is it fitting to speaking of Cho as Aids, a rogue army, a poacher, a terrorist bomber and drought?

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