Admonitions Poem by Lucille Clifton


Rating: 3.4

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

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

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

Richard Hexem 29 March 2010

I like this. good write.

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Colleen Courtney 15 May 2014

Love this quirky and humorous poem! Well done!

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Subhas Chandra Chakra 02 December 2017

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. Asuncion 02 December 2017

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

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Edward Kofi Louis 02 December 2017

She is a poet! Thanks for sharing.

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Ravi Kopra 02 December 2017

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 Panda 02 December 2017

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

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Kumarmani Mahakul 02 December 2017

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

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Rajnish Manga 02 December 2017

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

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Deepak Kumar Pattanayak 02 December 2017

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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Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton

Baltimore, Maryland
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