poet Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni

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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

Poem Submitted: Wednesday, July 19, 2006
Poem Edited: Thursday, September 12, 2013

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (8/17/2020 11:44:00 PM)

    (as a reaction to a feeling)
    to balance
    the pleasure of loneliness
    against the pain
    of loving you.........yes; excellent poem shared......pleasure to read this poem.....To balance the happiness, pleasure, satisfaction in this earthly life is depending on the self mind; self-pleasure-happiness-satisfaction can balance all together

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  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (8/17/2020 11:36:00 PM)

    Pleasure against pain to be balanced perfectly, well scripted 10++

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (8/17/2020 11:30:00 PM)

    Yes, life is all about balancing.
    'the pleasure of loneliness
    against the pain
    of loving you' - best three lines of an otherwise dull poem.
    I agree to Luis Estable's comment entirely.

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  • Kevin PatrickKevin Patrick (8/17/2020 7:37:00 PM)

    Life is all about finding that balance and keeping everything in perportion and relation to be very thing else, Im glad this is poem of the day.

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  • Erin CowartErin Cowart (8/17/2020 1:21:00 PM)

    Very well conceived poem. The balance is just right, , , LOL.

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  • Late OctoberLate October (8/17/2020 9:45:00 AM)

    I love the poem. Don't really understand why she gets a bad review from a lot of people here.

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  • solumate (8/17/2020 8:54:00 AM)

    balancing that is what we do heart against mind, sense against nonsense

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  • Deluke Muwanigwa (8/17/2020 7:31:00 AM)

    Nicely put. Unfortunately to balance the balancing causes imbalance else where. Sigh! Such is life. Dont give up balancing though

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (6/27/2020 12:27:00 PM)

    Balancing the muse of life! !


    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Passion Rocks (6/27/2020 9:33:00 AM)

    Thats my life


    the pleasure of loneliness
    against the pain
    of loving you

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (6/27/2020 9:21:00 AM)

    A part of living life comfortably pin pointed most aptly. A well deserved modern poem of the day.

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (6/27/2020 8:50:00 AM)

    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.
    very fine poem. tony

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  • Varsha MVarsha M (6/27/2020 7:39:00 AM)

    Yes we have learnt to balance
    Bad with good
    Hot with cold
    And tall with small

    Balance is eminent
    Until all is made prominent.

    Well written Poetry balancing loneliness against pain of loving you. Admirations for your work sir.

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (6/27/2020 7:37:00 AM)

    Every action has reaction
    To feel good in reaction need balancing with one through love....

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair (6/27/2020 5:41:00 AM)

    to balance
    the pleasure of loneliness
    against the pain
    of loving you

    Nice

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  • Shaun CronickShaun Cronick (6/27/2020 4:20:00 AM)

    I think it total pants and offensive.
    This person can't write for toffee.

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  • Cap''t Crunch (3/26/2019 10:27:00 AM)

    Go crazy aaaaaaa
    Go stupid aaaaaaaaaa
    Go crazy
    Go stupid
    Aaaaaaaa go crazy yeah

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  • bhghgygh (5/15/2018 7:55:00 AM)

    do you like mr.asseater*

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  • Bharati NayakBharati Nayak (11/16/2017 10:53:00 PM)

    Congratulations for being selected as Poet of the Day! ! I have a poem named - -Balancing.I wish you to have a look at my poem.

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  • Bharati NayakBharati Nayak (11/16/2017 10:49:00 PM)

    Wow- - Balancing is so essential to life! ! A beautifully crafted poem- - - - -

    , 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 '

    We balance hot with cold, pleasure with pain, - - - - - - Life would have been topsy-turvy with out the act of balancing.

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