Habits Poem by Nikki Giovanni


Rating: 4.6

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 never lost

but you say i'm foolish
of course you love me
but being loved of course
is not the same as being loved because
or being loved despite
or being loved

if you love me why
do i feel so lonely
and why do i always wake up alone
and why am i practicing
not having you to love
i never loved you that way

Edward Kofi Louis 24 July 2016

If you love me why do i feel so lonely? Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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Ratnakar Mandlik 24 July 2016

Great poem throwing light on an aspect of writing poems. Thanks for sharing it here.10 points.

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P. Mason 14 December 2016

Written a poem in seven days...I think it's because I'm simply not in enough pain. But reading these poems by Nikki Giovanni is wonderful, they are all really interesting and excellent.

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Douglas Scotney 24 July 2016

you can love me without me but I've never done the same without you, I think.

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Susan Williams 24 July 2016

A perfectly awesome write that just slips so effortlessly from the writer's heart

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Savita Tyagi 24 July 2016

If you love me why do I feel so lonely......a haunting question.......answer could be even more complex. Writing presents interesting scenario too. One has to pick a pen and start writing for writing to come back. May be one has to love too to feel loved.

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Rajnish Manga 24 July 2016

The poet has gravely analysed the feelings of being in love or being loved in the context of the long forgotten habit of writing poems. Quite thought provoking one. Thanks for sharing. if you love me why do i feel so lonely

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Nikki Giovanni

Nikki Giovanni

Knoxville, Tennessee
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