Balances Poem by Nikki Giovanni

Balances

Rating: 4.2


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

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Jasbir Chatterjee 13 September 2012

you are right, Nikki...everything balances out in the end...

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Natasha Ashwe 25 July 2006

Balancing, making choices, one over the other, what this life is about. The last part gave me a chill. It's so sad when the person you love chooses to become a wrong one. This poem is more sensible than lovely, more wise than beautiful. It's a dart that goes straight to the heart.

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Clara Odelia Ciutara 22 February 2012

i love this poem. so deeply written with truth in every words penned.. great poem!

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Ladawn Trice 16 March 2012

lovely.... life is a balance... everything is a balance... even pain

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Erhard Hans Josef Lang 27 April 2008

This is really a wonderful poem!

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Florence 25 January 2022

this is true beuaty

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Bharati Nayak 18 July 2021

and i've begun (as a reaction to a feeling) to balance the pleasure of loneliness against the pain of loving you---Yes, life is all about balancing.

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Mahtab Bangalee 17 August 2020

(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 17 August 2020

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

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Khairul Ahsan 17 August 2020

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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