I'm not much into poetry, but Rives seems to be monopolizing most of my rainy Sunday morning. Using June Cohen's words, "on the surface, it's light-hearted, but then he layers in unexpected depth and emotion".
Some cool things would happen if Rives controlled the internet, although I wish there were a transcript because he pushes my English skills a bit too far.
Mockingbird, including a TED 2006 remix that is not available in this text version, creates vivid surprising and pretty images on me.
But, my favourite, by far, is Compliment, in text and in beatboxer+poet+harmonica video. Mmmm, wait Xavier, that's dangerous stuff to listen to when you are happily and safely uninterested in that kind of love; so lets use a quote by George Bernand Shaw that I heard in Helen Fisher's TEDtalk The science of love, and the future of women:
Love consists in overestimating the differences between one woman and another