Nikki Giovanni – Resignation

Happy Summer Solstice, Y’all!

I hope love is being served in every bite of every watermelon, and corn is being grilled in the backyard, and eyes are being filled with kindness. I hope that you are taking a nap under a magnificent magnolia tree, and I hope birds are washing their wings somewhere in the Russian river, and I hope wind is filling your room with the summer smell, and I hope redwoods are teaching a summer course on ancient wisdom in the modern age, and I hope cars are secretly talking to each other of the smokeless days, and I hope street corners are witnessing love making, I hope they never have to get blood stained again, and I hope food is nourishing, and I hope water is thirst quenching and cool, and I hope you are being gentle with the soft animal of your body, and I hope that I hope for more hope in the days to come. Alright everybody, be kind to each other and enjoy your summer with bare foots, open heart, relaxed shoulders, and strong foot, either in your solitude or among friends, family, and lovers!

Nikki Giovanni

I love you
because the Earth turns round the sun
because the North wind blows north
because the Pope is Catholic
and most Rabbis Jewish
because the winters flow into springs
and the air clears after a storm
because only my love for you
despite the charms of gravity
keeps me from falling off this Earth
into another dimension
I love you
because it is the natural order of things

I love you
like the habit I picked up in college
of sleeping through lectures
or saying I’m sorry
when I get stopped for speeding
because I drink a glass of water
in the morning
and chain-smoke cigarettes
all through the day
because I take my coffee Black
and my milk with chocolate
because you keep my feet warm
though my life a mess
I love you
because I don’t want it
any other way

I am helpless
in my love for you
It makes me so happy
to hear you call my name
I am amazed you can resist
locking me in an echo chamber
where your voice reverberates
through the four walls
sending me into spasmatic ecstasy
I love you
because it’s been so good
for so long
that if I didn’t love you
I’d have to be born again
and that is not a theological statement
I am pitiful in my love for you

The Dells tell me Love
is so simple
the thought though of you
sends indescribably delicious multitudinous
thrills throughout and through-in my body
I love you
because no two snowflakes are alike
and it is possible
if you stand tippy-toe
to walk between the raindrops
I love you
because I am afraid of the dark
and can’t sleep in the light
because I rub my eyes
when I wake up in the morning
and find you there
because you with all your magic powers were
determined that
I should love you
because there was nothing for you but that
I would love you

I love you
because you made me
want to love you
more than I love my privacy
my freedom          my commitments
and responsibilities
I love you ’cause I changed my life
to love you
because you saw me one Friday
afternoon and decided that I would
love you
I love you I love you I love you

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