Poem of the day

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nikkiThis week I am starting the poems from women of the 1900’s the first poem to start the week off is from Nikki Giovanni.  Nikki Giovanni ( 1943-present) is a writer, poet, activist, and educator. Nikki Giovanni has written over two dozen books, which include volumes of poetry, children’s books and collected essays.  Nikki Giavanni is also a cancer suvivor she became more focused on her writing at that time. Her list of literary works is a long list that include recorded works and books for children.

Selected writings

  • Poetry
  • Black Feeling, Black Talk
  • Black Judgement
  • Spin a Soft Black Song: Poems for Children
  • My House
  • Ego Tripping and Other Poems for Young People
  • The Women and the Men  
  • Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day
  • Vacation Time: Poems for Children.
  • Those Who Ride the Night Winds
  • The Genie in the Jar
  • The Selected Poems of Nikki Giovanni (1968-1995)
  • The Sun Is So Quiet
  • Love Poems
  • Blues: For All the Changes: New Poems

 

Balances

in life
one is always
balancing
like we juggle our mothers
against our fathers
or one teacher
against another
(only to balance our grade average)
3 grains of salt
to one ounce truth
our sweet black essence
or the funky honkies down the street
and lately I’ve begun wondering
if you re trying to tell me something
we used to talk all night
and do things alone together
and i’ve begun
(as a reaction to a feeling)
to balance
the pleasure of loneliness
against the pain
of loving you

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