Lucille Clifton

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

Fury - Poem by Lucille Clifton

for mama

remember this.
she is standing by
the furnace.
the coals
glisten like rubies.
her hand is crying.
her hand is clutching
a sheaf of papers.
poems.
she gives them up.
they burn
jewels into jewels.
her eyes are animals.
each hank of her hair
is a serpent's obedient
wife.
she will never recover.
remember. there is nothing
you will not bear
for this woman's sake.


Comments about Fury by Lucille Clifton

  • Joshua Adeyemi (1/14/2018 2:02:00 PM)


    Hmmm....

    The importance of a gold in two hands.... Mother!

    Lovely!

    Joshua.
    (Report) Reply

    0 person liked.
    0 person did not like.
  • Anil Kumar Panda (1/14/2018 9:39:00 AM)


    Deeply emotional. Nice poem. (Report) Reply

  • (1/14/2018 3:32:00 AM)


    For her sake everything can be borne despite the rush and blows that may pass like the fury of a whirlwind, and the swiftness of lightning and the result will be the same as jewels burned would culminate in jewels.......outstanding..........thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (1/14/2018 3:19:00 AM)


    Such a great write by Lucille Clifton👍👍👍 (Report) Reply

  • (5/15/2014 11:46:00 AM)


    A beautiful and tender poem. Very heartfelt. (Report) Reply

  • (5/15/2014 11:46:00 AM)


    A beautiful and tender poem. Very heartfelt. (Report) Reply

Read all 6 comments »



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Read poems about / on: remember, woman, hair, poem, women, animal



Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



Famous Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  3. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  4. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. Caged Bird
    Maya Angelou
  8. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  9. Stopping By Woods On A Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Do Not Stand At My Grave And Weep
    Mary Elizabeth Frye
[Report Error]