Lucille Clifton

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

Good Times - Poem by Lucille Clifton

my daddy has paid the rent
and the insurance man is gone
and the lights is back on
and my uncle brud has hit
for one dollar straight
and they is good times
good times
good times

my mama has made bread
and grampaw has come
and everybody is drunk
and dancing in the kitchen
and singing in the kitchen
of these is good times
good times
good times

oh children think about the
good times


Comments about Good Times by Lucille Clifton

  • Edward Kofi Louis (6/2/2017 11:28:00 AM)


    Memories! ! With the muse of the past. Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

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  • Anil Kumar Panda (6/2/2017 11:15:00 AM)


    That is the best mantra to live a happy life..enjoy every simple moments of life. Children remain in front to take pleasure in simple things. Very nice. (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (6/2/2017 10:11:00 AM)


    Excellent lucidity to expose living for today metaphor. No high ground seen in any direction of time infinite. Only today is the highest reach to catch the existence. Quiet sad but the truth sometimes appear more intense than fiction.... truth! (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (6/2/2017 1:33:00 AM)


    That is what we do everything for- feel good every moment in life. We must nurture that attitude. Thanks a lot. (Report) Reply

  • Robert Murray Smith (6/2/2017 12:45:00 AM)


    This poem has a happy feel about it.+++10 (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (6/2/2017 12:27:00 AM)


    Singing in the kitchen...... thanks for posting...... (Report) Reply

  • (5/15/2014 11:48:00 AM)


    What a great poem. Inspires us to remember the simple and fun times of a life lived when younger. (Report) Reply

  • (1/7/2005 1:18:00 AM)


    Quite impressive...this has always been one of my favorites of hers...it has such a wonderful flow to it and powerful delivery. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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