It’s just love

Hi Hart Beat. The New Yorker published its’ contributors favorite books of 2013 this week and through that article I found this beautiful abstract of a poem that I keep hearing over and over in my head. In the article Edwidge Danticat says, “Nikki Giovanni is a goddess to me, so every book of hers that comes out is an event.” I have never read Giovanni’s work but after reading this segment from 2013’s “Chasing Utpoia” I have to agree.

It’s Just Love 
by Nikki Giovanni

it’s just love
it won’t sweeten
your coffee
or ice your tea

it won’t grill
your steak
or bake your crusty bread

it certainly won’t
pour your olive oil
over your shredded parmesan / reggiano cheeses

it might make
you laugh

it’s just love
it won’t rub 
your feet or your back
it won’t tousle
your hair
or paint your
fingernails Red

it might make you 
want Red
fingernails
though
it’s only love

it has no coupon value

though 
it also does 
not expire

just me
just you
just love

yeah

good for nothing
love

throw it away
when you get
tired of it

(This piece is an excerpt of the full piece in “Chasing Utopia”) 

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