Lucille Clifton

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

Admonitions - Poem by Lucille Clifton

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


Comments about Admonitions by Lucille Clifton

  • (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 Panda (12/2/2017 9:24:00 AM)


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

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


    Beautiful poem with humor huntingly depicted. Thanks and congratulations for POD. (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish 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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  • (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 (Report) Reply

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


    I like the sense of humor of Lucille Clifton👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

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


    She is a poet! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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


    Don't you just love the last few lines...I do! (Report) Reply

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


    Love this quirky and humorous poem! Well done! (Report) Reply

  • (3/29/2010 10:40:00 PM)


    I like this. good write. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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