Favorite Romantic Poem #12: “Balances” by Nikki Giovanni

This week’s favorite romantic poem comes to us from Marc Mannheimer, who is one of Gigi’s authors on Troubadour 21. He writes great short stories for her, and he gave her his permission to post his real name and a direct link to his stories. Gigi tries to give everyone the privacy an alias can provide 🙂

To read his stories, go to Troubadour 21 where she just posted his latest story Music Therapy

Gigi had never heard of Nikki Giovanni, the poet he chose, and she had to do some internet research. She didn’t find the exact poem he mentioned, so she chose another one by the same poet. I think that since Nikki Giovanni is a relatively new poet, her poems are not as available to find online as the old classics are. She was born in 1943, and is still alive. I suggest anyone interested googles her!! Marc suggest reading her book of poetry called “Bicycles”.

  • “Balances” by Nikki Giovanni

“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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