Nikki Giovanni

(June 7, 1943 / Knoxville, Tennessee)

Knoxville Tennessee - Poem by Nikki Giovanni

I always like summer
Best
you can eat fresh corn
From daddy's garden
And okra
And greens
And cabbage
And lots of
Barbeque
And buttermilk
And homemade ice-cream
At the church picnic
And listen to
Gospel music
Outside
At the church
Homecoming
And go to the mountains with
Your grandmother
And go barefooted
And be warm
All the time
Not only when you go to bed
And sleep


Comments about Knoxville Tennessee by Nikki Giovanni

  • jayson (1/22/2018 12:55:00 PM)

    it was a very good poem dude man (Report)Reply

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  • Upendra Upm (11/16/2017 10:57:00 PM)

    very good as I like eating raw okra, loves smell of tomato leaf, can eat onion, cucumber. (Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (12/3/2016 9:36:00 PM)

    Summers are a blissful season offering so many wonderful things to do all day. Thanks, Nikki.
    Not only when you go to bed
    And sleep
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  • Seamus O BrianSeamus O Brian (12/3/2016 2:06:00 PM)

    I am not sure that work itself is as interesting as the commentary below. Indeed, the warmth of all things that make home home, is fuel for the heart and soul. Interesting to consider that this laundry list of familiar comfortables may seem completely alien to someone far away in a completely different culture, like Zanzibar or California. But we all share the yearning desire for the familiar comforts of home. (Report)Reply

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  • Barry MiddletonBarry Middleton (12/3/2016 7:12:00 AM)

    Sounds good to me. My kind of food. Interesting comments below. (Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (12/3/2016 2:38:00 AM)

    In the garden. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (12/3/2016 2:02:00 AM)

    And okra
    And greens
    And cabbage

    And other vegetables like melon, pakwan, lanzones, duhat, mango, papaya, , guyabano, etc...
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  • Indira RenganathanIndira Renganathan (12/3/2016 12:58:00 AM)

    Not only when you go to bed
    And sleep....but all the time you like summer.....good and interesting narration
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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (10/9/2016 3:49:00 AM)

    Lovely expression. Intetesting one. (Report)Reply

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  • Grace Moneymaker (12/28/2014 6:06:00 PM)

    Oh, and by the way, Rock n' Roll is way, way, way, way, way, way better than your stupid Gospel. Ew, I even hate typing it! Go Cali! (Report)Reply

    i support the lord(3/29/2019 10:43:00 AM)

    GET OFF MY SCREEN YOU SATANIC UNHOLY BEING

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  • Grace Moneymaker (12/28/2014 6:04:00 PM)

    Listen, sweetie, I live in Knoxville myself and it's not that perfect. I'd rather be in California with my father, who was born there. But, he made a huge mistake and moved to Tennessee. Now he's stuck here and I'm trying to get my family out of this place full of dumb drunks, idiots who think the black smoke coming out of the back of their truck is cool and attractive, and stupid people with that crappy Southern accent. I am a poet, author and an artist and I am desperately trying to get a writing career and hopefully an acting career. And who doesn't love beaches and Leonardo DiCaprio? Obviously you don't. What a waste of talent. Anybody who's anybody loves Cali. (Report)Reply

    Kara Mackenzie(4/19/2016 1:20:00 PM)

    Consider that the author of this poem wasn't as miserable as you are. I'm sorry that you are in a hard place, but anywhere has its up sides. Even Tennessee!

    Jimmy Mcmillan(10/7/2015 2:22:00 PM)

    just because you don't like it dose not mean your right, you are probably just a snotty little teenage girl who knows nothing about where she lives

    Chedder Cheese(10/7/2015 2:08:00 PM)

    You are a pineapple you little zebra.

    Meredith .(9/12/2015 10:37:00 AM)

    If you're such an artist, why are you so narrow minded? Learn to respect diversity.

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  • Ladawn Trice (3/16/2012 7:59:00 AM)

    enjoyed this piece, words of purity, see yourself there, feel the breeze and warmth, the cold ice cream on your tongue..... (Report)Reply

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  • Blue Angel (2/15/2008 8:18:00 PM)

    Warm and inviting! Nice to read. (Report)Reply

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  • Marie Rivera (7/9/2006 1:19:00 PM)

    It's nice when the feeling and emotion are invoked, effortlessly. You don't even have to close your eyes, you're just there. (Report)Reply

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  • Duncan Wyllie (7/8/2006 9:16:00 AM)

    lovely sentiments of an age warmed by sunshine and pure gospel in the air
    A beautiful write
    Love duncan X
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  • Glen Shorts (5/21/2006 4:28:00 PM)

    If this poem is so 'good' how come no one comments on it? All the hits have been over a short time period. Hmmmm. (Report)Reply

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  • Adryan Barnathan (3/8/2005 3:43:00 AM)

    I think you've captured the ''American Dream''...land of milk and honey...does this world still exist in the 'ol US of A? Nice feelings...for a minute, I really believed I was there. Good Poem. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, November 3, 2003



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