Treasure Island

Lucille Clifton

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

There is a girl inside


There is a girl inside.
She is randy as a wolf.
She will not walk away and leave these bones
to an old woman.

She is a green tree in a forest of kindling.
She is a greeen girl in a used poet.

She has waited patient as a nun
for the second coming,
when she can break through gray hairs
into blossom

and her lovers will harvest
honey and thyme
and the woods will be wild
with the damn wonder of it.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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  • Breena Clarke (1/27/2007 5:01:00 AM)

    I know other poems of Lucille Clifton - some of them are my all time favorites. This poem is a new one for me. I am bouyed by it. This - This is how I feel! I will love this poem forever! (Report) Reply

  • Havilah Howard (11/27/2004 2:23:00 PM)

    Wow! I love this poem. Always have, always will. Each time I read it I am blown away by the power and the passion that Clifton speaks with. She is an amazing poet. I think a life lived by her poetry, would be a life well lived. (Report) Reply

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