Lucille Clifton

(June 27, 1936 - February 13, 2010 / Baltimore, Maryland)

harriet Poem by Lucille Clifton


harriet
if i be you
let me not forget
to be the pistol
pointed
to be the madwoman
at the rivers edge
warning
be free or die
and isabell
if i be you
let me in my
sojourning
not forget
to ask my brothers
ain't i a woman too
and
grandmother
if i be you
let me not forget to
work hard
trust the Gods
love my children and
wait.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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