ever think what Harlem would be like if our herbs and roots and elephant ears   grew sending a…

ever think what Harlem would be
like if our herbs and roots and elephant ears  
grew sending
a cacophony of sound to us
the parrot parroting black is beautiful black is beautiful  
owls sending out whooooo’s making love …  
and me and you just sitting in the sun trying
to find a way to get a banana tree from one of the monkeys  
koala bears in the trees laughing at our listlessness

-Walking Down Park, Nikki Giovanni (1996)