OTR Celebrates Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton

You might as well answer the door, my child,
the truth is furiously knocking.”
― Lucille Clifton, Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir 1969-1980

As we leave February, the month that Canada celebrates Black History, I wanted to include a poem by Lucille Clifton (1936 – 2010). She focused on family life and on the African-American experience. Her belief that we gain strength and endurance through adversity can be seen in her poetry. She is known for her ability to express deep and complex concepts with only a few, well-chosen phases, without the use of any capitalized words.    The title, “won’t you celebrate with me” is a joyous narrative of survival.

 

won’t you celebrate with me

By Lucille Clifton

won’t you celebrate with me

what i have shaped into

a kind of life? i had no model.

born in babylon

both nonwhite and woman

what did i see to be except myself?

i made it up

here on this bridge between

starshine and clay,

one hand holding tight

my other hand; come celebrate

with me that everyday

something has tried to kill me

and has failed.

 

 

 

 

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    • Oh Cindy, there is so much more for me to learn and so little time. And that is what makes life so very exciting. Blogging has given me an extraordinary venue for knowledge acquisition. I look forward to your visits!!!

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