#TBT: "Allowables" - Nikki Giovanni
This morning, one of my favorite Nikki Giovanni poems came to mind. I’m not sure why, but I know that the words in this poem are deeply profound and resonate with our world today. “Allowables” was written in 2013 but when you read it, you would think it was written this week.
When I read this poem a few years ago for the first time, I interpreted the word “allowable” to mean something that had the right to exist. Something or someone that was worthy of recognition regardless of their skin color. If you read it closely, and read between the lines, you’ll see that the spider represents people. To me, it represents those who are the minority, and who aren’t afraid of facing a system meant to continuously paint them as something negative. The spider represents black and brown lives coming face to face with police and authority. If you read it a second time, you can also see that what shouldn’t be allowable is death by fear. It is something that occurs far to often in this country.
Profound and moving. I had to share. I’d love to hear your thoughts, too!