Friday, January 15, 2010

Lucille Clifton

My heart is sad for the Haitians. Sometimes only poets can speak for us in times like these...
Here are a couple of stanzas from our beloved Lucille Clifton:


lighten up

why is your hand
so heavy
on just poor


this is the stuff i made the heroes
out of
all the saints
and prophets and things
had to come by

new bones

we will wear
new bones again.
we will leave
these rainy days.
break out through
another mouth
into sun and honey time.
worlds buzz over us like bees,
we be splendid in new bones.
other people think they know
how long life is
how strong life is
we know.

(Excerpted from Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir)

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