Knoxville, Tennessee By: Nikki Giovanni

I always like summer


you can eat fresh corn

from daddy’s garden

and okra

and greens

and cabbage

and lots of


and buttermilk

and homemade ice-cream

at the church picnic


and listen to

gospel music


at the church


and you go to the mountains with

your grandmother

and go barefooted

and be warm

all the time

not only when you go to bed

and sleep

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