Nikki Giovanni

(June 7, 1943 / Knoxville, Tennessee)

Life Cycles - Poem by Nikki Giovanni

she realized
she wasn't one
of life's winners
when she wasn't sure
life to her was some dark
dirty secret that
like some unwanted child
too late for an abortion
was to be borne
alone

she had so many private habits
she would masturbate sometimes
she always picked her nose when upset
she liked to sit with silence
in the dark
sadness is not an unusual state
for the black woman
or writers


she took to sneaking drinks
a habit which displeased her
both for its effects
and taste
yet eventually sleep
would wrestle her in triumph
onto the bed


Comments about Life Cycles by Nikki Giovanni

  • Mahtab Bangalee (4/15/2019 10:38:00 PM)

    she had so many private habits
    she would sometimes
    she always picked her nose when upset
    she liked to sit with silence
    in the dark../// beautiful expression
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (4/15/2019 12:54:00 PM)

    Habits! ! !

    Effects.

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • (4/15/2019 10:36:00 AM)

    When we realise too late in life that the pains we have been suffering is a result of our own negligences " like some unwanted child too late for an abortion" (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (4/15/2019 9:39:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem. However I have trouble relating the title with poem. It is so one sided. (Report) Reply

  • Kumarmani Mahakul (4/15/2019 1:58:00 AM)

    This is really a beautiful philosophical poem on life having insightful inscriptions. (Report) Reply

  • Robert M Smith (4/15/2019 1:50:00 AM)

    A poem that shows that the poetess can see through one window of life. (Report) Reply

  • Manpreet Singh (4/15/2019 12:49:00 AM)

    too often people give in to the difficulties of life.
    Exploring the deep dark corners of mind is the quality of a good poet.
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  • Rajnish Manga (12/3/2016 9:55:00 PM)

    Each life has its own share of challenges to be tackled which may cause frustration at times. The poem gives us a sneak peek of what these frustrations could mean and bring to us. Really an insightful poem. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 24, 2016


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