Nikki Giovanni
Balances by Nikki Giovanni

Balances by Nikki Giovanni

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 ...

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And I Have You by Nikki Giovanni

And I Have You by Nikki Giovanni

Rain has drops Sun has shine Moon has beams That make you mineRivers have banks Sands for shores Hearts have heartbeats That make me yoursNeedles have eyes Though pins may prick ...

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Love Is by Nikki Giovanni

Love Is by Nikki Giovanni

Some people forget that love is tucking you in and kissing you 'Good night' no matter how young or old you areSome people don't remember that love is listening and laughing and ...

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A Summer Love Poem by Nikki Giovanni

A Summer Love Poem by Nikki Giovanni

Clouds float by on a summer sky I hop scotch over to youRainbows arch from ground to gold I climb over to youThunder grumbles, lightning tumbles And I bounce over to youSun beams ...

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Choices by Nikki Giovanni

Choices by Nikki Giovanni

If i can't do what i want to do then my job is to not do what i don't want to doIt's not the same thing but it's the best i can doIf i can't have what i want... then my job is to ...

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Kidnap Poem by Nikki Giovanni

Kidnap Poem by Nikki Giovanni

Ever been kidnapped by a poet if i were a poet i'd kidnap you put you in my phrases and meterYou to jones beach or maybe coney island or maybe just to my house lyric you in lilacs ...

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A Poem Of Friendship by Nikki Giovanni

A Poem Of Friendship by Nikki Giovanni

We are not lovers because of the love we make but the love we haveWe are not friends because of the laughs we spend but the tears we saveI don't want to be near you for the ...

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Knoxville Tennessee by Nikki Giovanni

Knoxville Tennessee by Nikki Giovanni

I always like summer Best you can eat fresh corn From daddy's garden And okra And greens And cabbage And lots of Barbeque And buttermilk And homemade ice-cream At the church ...

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I Wrote A Good Omelet by Nikki Giovanni

I Wrote A Good Omelet by Nikki Giovanni

I wrote a good omelet...and ate a hot poem... after loving youButtoned my car...and drove my coat home...in the rain... after loving youI goed on red...and stopped on ...

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My First Memory ( Of Librarians ) by Nikki Giovanni

My First Memory ( Of Librarians ) by Nikki Giovanni

This is my first memory:A big room with heavy wooden tables that sat on a creaky wood floorA line of green shades—bankers' lights—down the centerHeavy oak chairs that were ...

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Beautiful Black Men by Nikki Giovanni

Beautiful Black Men by Nikki Giovanni

(With compliments and apologies to all not mentioned by name)i wanta say just gotta say somethingbout those beautiful beautiful beautiful outasightblack menwith they afroswalking ...

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A Journey by Nikki Giovanni

A Journey by Nikki Giovanni

It's a journey . . . that I propose . . . I am not the guide . . . nor technical assistant . . . I will be your fellow passenger . . .Though the rail has been ridden . . . winter ...

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The Laws of Motion by Nikki Giovanni

The Laws of Motion by Nikki Giovanni

(for Harlem Magic)The laws of science teach us a pound of gold weighs as much as a pound of flour though if dropped from any undetermined height in their natural state one ...

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Sky Diving by Nikki Giovanni

Sky Diving by Nikki Giovanni

I hang on the edge of this universe singing off-key talking too loud embracing myself to cushion the fallI shall tumble into deep space never in this form or with this ...

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When I Die by Nikki Giovanni

When I Die by Nikki Giovanni

when i die i hope no one who ever hurt me cries and if they cry i hope their eyes fall out and a million maggots that had made up their brains crawl from the empty holes and ...

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You Came, Too by Nikki Giovanni

You Came, Too by Nikki Giovanni

I came to the crowd seeking friends I came to the crowd seeking love I came to the crowd for understandingI found youI came to the crowd to weep I came to the crowd to laughYou ...

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Poem For A Lady Whose Voice I Like by Nikki Giovanni

Poem For A Lady Whose Voice I Like by Nikki Giovanni

so he said: you ain't got no talent if you didn't have a face you wouldn't be nobody and she said: god created heaven and earth and all that's Black within them ...

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Rain by Nikki Giovanni

Rain by Nikki Giovanni

rain is god's sperm falling in the receptive woman how else to spend a rainy day other than with you seeking sun and stars and heavenly bodies how else to spend a rainy day other ...

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Winter Poem by Nikki Giovanni

Winter Poem by Nikki Giovanni

once a snowflake fellon my brow and i lovedit so much and i kissedit and it was happy and called its cousinsand brothers and a webof snow engulfed me theni reached to love them ...

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Legacies by Nikki Giovanni

Legacies by Nikki Giovanni

her grandmother called her from the playground "yes, ma'am" "i want chu to learn how to make rolls" said the old woman proudly but the little girl didn't want to ...

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Poetry by Nikki Giovanni

Poetry by Nikki Giovanni

poetry is motion graceful as a fawn gentle as a teardrop strong like the eye finding peace in a crowded room we poets tend to think our words are golden though emotion speaks too ...

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Seduction by Nikki Giovanni

Seduction by Nikki Giovanni

One dayyou gonna walk in this houseand i'm gonna have a long Africangownyou'll sit down and say 'The Black...'and i'm gonna take one arm outthen you-not noticing me at all- will ...

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Habits by Nikki Giovanni

Habits by Nikki Giovanni

I haven't written a poem in so long I may have forgotten how unless writing a poem is like riding a bike or swimming upstream or loving you it may be a habit that once aquired is ...

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Mothers by Nikki Giovanni

Mothers by Nikki Giovanni

the last time i was home to see my mother we kissed exchanged pleasantries and unpleasantries pulled a warm comforting silence around us and read separate books i remember the ...

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Nikki-Rosa by Nikki Giovanni

Nikki-Rosa by Nikki Giovanni

Childhood rememberances are always a drag if you're Black you always remember things like living in Woodlawn with no inside toilet and if you become famous or somethingThey never ...

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Resignation by Nikki Giovanni

Resignation by Nikki Giovanni

I love you because the Earth turns round the sun because the North wind blows north sometimes because the Pope is Catholic ...

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I’M Not Lonely by Nikki Giovanni

I’M Not Lonely by Nikki Giovanni

I'm not lonely sleeping all alone you think i'm scared but i'm a big girl i don't cry or anythingI have a great big bed to roll around in and lots of space and i don't dream bad ...

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Dreams by Nikki Giovanni

Dreams by Nikki Giovanni

in my younger years before i learned black people aren't suppose to dream i wanted to be a raelet and say "dr o wn d in my youn tears" or "tal kin bout tal kin bout" or marjorie ...

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Cotton Candy On A Rainy Day by Nikki Giovanni

Cotton Candy On A Rainy Day by Nikki Giovanni

Don't look now I'm fading away Into the gray of my mornings Or the blues of every nightIs it that my nails keep breaking Or maybe the corn on my secind little piggy Things keep ...

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Life Cycles by Nikki Giovanni

Life Cycles by Nikki Giovanni

she realized she wasn't one of life's winners when she wasn't sure life to her was some dark dirty secret that like some unwanted child too late for an abortion was to be borne ...

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A Poem on the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy by Nikki Giovanni

A Poem on the Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy by Nikki Giovanni

Trees are never felled . . . in summer . . . Not when the fruit . . . is yet to be borne . . . Never before the promise . . . is fulfilled . . . Not when their cooling shade . ...

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The Great Pax Whitie by Nikki Giovanni

The Great Pax Whitie by Nikki Giovanni

In the beginning was the word And the word was Death And the word was nigger And the word was death to all niggers And the word was death to all life And the word was death to ...

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They Clapped by Nikki Giovanni

They Clapped by Nikki Giovanni

they clapped when we landed thinking africa was just an extension of the black world they smiled as we taxied home to be met black to black face not understanding africans lack ...

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Walking Down Park by Nikki Giovanni

Walking Down Park by Nikki Giovanni

walking down park amsterdam or columbus do you ever stop to think what it looked like before it was an avenue did you ever stop to think what you walked before you rode ...

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Crutches by Nikki Giovanni

Crutches by Nikki Giovanni

it's not the crutches we decry it's the need to move forward though we haven't the strengthwomen aren't allowed to need so they develop rituals since we all know working hands ...

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Ego Tripping by Nikki Giovanni

Ego Tripping by Nikki Giovanni

I was born in the congoI walked to the fertile crescent and built the sphinxI designed a pyramid so tough that a star that only glows every one hundred years falls into ...

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For Saundra by Nikki Giovanni

For Saundra by Nikki Giovanni

I wanted to write a poem that rhymes but revolution doesn't lend itself to be-boppingthen my neighbor who thinks i hate asked - do you ever write tree poems - i like trees so i ...

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All I Gotta Do by Nikki Giovanni

All I Gotta Do by Nikki Giovanni

all i gotta do is sit and wait sit and wait and it's gonna find me all i gotta do is sit and wait if i can learn howwhat i need to do is sit and wait cause i'm a woman sit and ...

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Possum Crossing by Nikki Giovanni

Possum Crossing by Nikki Giovanni

Backing out the drivewaythe car lights cast an eerie glowin the morning fog centeringon movement in the rain slick streetHitting brakes I anticipate a squirrel or a cat or ...

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A Historical Footnote to Consider Only When All Else Fails by Nikki Giovanni

A Historical Footnote to Consider Only When All Else Fails by Nikki Giovanni

(For Barbara Crosby)While it is true (though only in a factual sense) That in the wake of a Her-I-can comes a Shower Surely I am not The gravitating force that keeps this ...

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Always There Are The Children by Nikki Giovanni

Always There Are The Children by Nikki Giovanni

and always there are the childrenthere will be children in the heat of daythere will be children in the cold of winterchildren like a quilted blanketare welcomed in our old ...

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