Nikki Giovanni

(June 7, 1943 / Knoxville, Tennessee)

Poetry - Poem by Nikki Giovanni

poetry is motion graceful
as a fawn
gentle as a teardrop
strong like the eye
finding peace in a crowded room
we poets tend to think
our words are golden
though emotion speaks too
loudly to be defined
by silence
sometimes after midnight or just before
the dawn
we sit typewriter in hand
pulling loneliness around us
forgetting our lovers or children
who are sleeping
ignoring the weary wariness
of our own logic
to compsoe a poem
no one understands it
it never says 'love me' for poets are
beyond love
it never says 'accept me' for poems seke not
acceptance but controversy
it only says 'i am' and therefore
i concede that you are too

a poem is pure energy
horizontally contained
between the mind
of the poet and the ear of the reader
if it does not sing discard the ear
for poetry is song
if it does not deligh discard
the heart for poetry is joy
if it does not inform then close
off the brain for it is dead
if it cannot heed the insistent message
that life is precious

which is all we poets
wrapped in our loneliness
are trying to say


Comments about Poetry by Nikki Giovanni

  • Oratile Diratsagae (5/9/2018 12:17:00 PM)

    I am happy to read it. Thanks (Report) Reply

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  • (1/29/2018 2:34:00 PM)

    Poems like this one, help me forget all that is practical and listen with my soul. (Report) Reply

  • Sandra N Sneed (11/29/2017 5:26:00 PM)

    This poem is just another example of why Nikki Giovanni is regarded as an amazing poet. I have been of fan of her work since I was a little girl. She is one of the greats and this poem proves it. (Report) Reply

  • (1/28/2017 10:32:00 PM)

    Many spelling errors (Report) Reply

  • (1/28/2017 10:21:00 PM)

    The word Compose is not spelled correctly (Report) Reply

  • (1/28/2017 10:20:00 PM)

    You spelled COMPOSE incorrectly

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    Poetry - Poem by Nikki Giovanni
    poetry is motion graceful
    as a fawn
    gentle as a teardrop
    strong like the eye
    finding peace in a crowded room
    we poets tend to think
    our words are golden
    though emotion speaks too
    loudly to be defined
    by silence
    sometimes after midnight or just before
    the dawn
    we sit typewriter in hand
    pulling loneliness around us
    forgetting our lovers or children
    who are sleeping
    ignoring the weary wariness
    of our own logic
    to compsoe a poem
    no one understands it
    (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 24, 2016


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