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Sunday, November 20, 2011

poetry...patience



EVERYTHING GOOD IS SIMPLE

By Nikki Giovanni

Everything good is simple: a soft boiled egg...toast fresh from the oven with a pat of butter swimming in the center...steam off a cup of black coffee... John Coltrane bringing me 'Violets for My Furs'


Most simple things are good: Lines on a yellow legal pad... dimples defining a smile...a square of gray cashmere that can be a scarf... Miles Davis Kind of Blue


Some things clear are complicated: believing in a religion...trying to be a good person...getting rid of folk who depress you...Horace Silver Blowing the Blues Away


Complicated things can be clear: Dvorak's New World Symphony... Alvin Ailey's Revelations... Mae Jemison's ride in space... Mingus Live at Carnegie Hall


All things good are good: poetry... patience... a ripe tomato on the vine... a bat in flight... the new moon...me in your arms... things like that




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I realize I need to read more Nikki Giovanni.  There's this very good interview on the PBS site with Bill Moyers here. And you may remember that there was a poem in Oprah's magazine, "Choices," not that long ago which you can read here

Have a beautiful Sunday my lovely friends.

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