Friday, April 12, 2024

The delicate balance of life

From Nikki Giovanni’s second self-published volume of poetry entitled “Black Judgement.”


in life

one is always


like we juggle our mothers

against our fathers

or one teacher

against another

(only to balance our grade average)

3 grains salt

to one once of truth

our sweet black essence

or the funky honkies down the street

and lately i’ve been 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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