poet Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton

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Admonitions

boys
i don't promise you nothing
but this
what you pawn
i will redeem
what you steal
i will conceal
my private silence to
your public guilt
is all i got

girls
first time a white man
opens his fly
like a good thing
we'll just laugh
laugh real loud my
black women

children
when they ask you
why is your mama so funny
say
she is a poet
she don't have no sense

Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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  • Ravi Kopra (12/2/2017 11:07:00 AM)

    Boys, be straight
    turn off the TV
    don't sit giggling foolishly
    listen to your big mama
    go do your homework
    or i will whip your black ass
    and you will plead and cry -
    mama, please, no mama...

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (12/2/2017 9:24:00 AM)

    With a nice style the poet has put his point hard. Humorous.Thanks for sharing.

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (12/2/2017 6:21:00 AM)

    Beautiful poem with humor huntingly depicted. Thanks and congratulations for POD.

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (12/2/2017 4:47:00 AM)

    Nicely put forth. A sensible way to correct a wrong perception.
    Thanks, Lucille.

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  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (12/2/2017 3:26:00 AM)

    I feel it was so thoughtful and humor of her to give children this admonition........very well crafted.......thanks for sharing

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  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (12/2/2017 3:08:00 AM)

    With a great sense of humour to live by, your poem touches the core silently and smoothly.
    Thanks for the poem so brilliant.
    10

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (12/2/2017 2:26:00 AM)

    I like the sense of humor of Lucille Clifton👍👍👍

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (12/2/2017 2:14:00 AM)

    She is a poet! Thanks for sharing.

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  • Geoffrey FafardGeoffrey Fafard (12/2/2017 12:30:00 AM)

    Don't you just love the last few lines...I do!

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  • Dutendra ChamlingDutendra Chamling (10/28/2015 5:22:00 AM)

    ...boys
    i don't promise you nothing
    but this
    what you pawn
    i will redeem
    what you steal
    i will conceal
    my private silence to
    your public guilt
    is all i got...

    What a wonderful.

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  • Colleen Courtney (5/15/2014 11:42:00 AM)

    Love this quirky and humorous poem! Well done!

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  • Richard Hexem (3/29/2010 10:40:00 PM)

    I like this. good write.

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