Lucille Clifton

How to Carry Water: Selected Poems of Lucille Clifton

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    especially in the ohs she uses, it’s a new gospel I hear …she’s laughing. a lo
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    since the poems are lyrical,
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    bright cruciforms against the sky
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    among the pines, to the snow forever falling and
    the long dark bringing its constellations,
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    and the sky pouts back,
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    to black poets
    just cause you don’t see me
    don’t mean i aint there.
    when you be together
    reading
    and being together
    and you feel something soft
    rubbing you just like sisterskin
    don’t turn off please,
    thats me.
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    you will be
    dressed in blood
    rise up
    and wobble off
    toward cavalry
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    another raccoon dead, his tail raised high
    like a flagpole.
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    i have been hated for it,
    laughed at,
    i have cried, me and my
    black yes.
    affirmation.
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    running through virginia fields
    will be again a dream.
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    when you are dry this boy
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    spilling onto the coverlet,
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    now i add you,
    little love, little
    flower,
    who walked unannounced
    into my life
    and almost blossomed there.
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    but the body insists on truth.
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    it was not my alexandra
    my noah
    not even my river
    it was a dream
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    it was a baby
    body thin and brown
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    walk between
    great esteem
    happy calm
    gate of hope
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    death is a small stone
    from the mountain we were born to.
    we put it in a pocket
    and carry it with us
    to help us find our way home.
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    for warm rains
    and forgiving fields,
    and for how, each day,
    something that loves us
    tries to save us.
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    for the sweet hay and the flowers rising,
    for the corn lining up row on row,
    for the mourning doves who
    open the darkness with song,
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