Lucille Clifton

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

Memory

ask me to tell how it feels
remembering your mother's face
turned to water under the white words
of the man at the shoe store. ask me,
though she tells it better than i do,
not because of her charm
but because it never happened
she says,
no bully salesman swaggering,

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