Lucille Clifton

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

Harriet - Poem by Lucille Clifton

if i be you
let me not forget
to be the pistol
to be the madwoman
at the rivers edge
be free or die
and isabell
if i be you
let me in my
not forget
to ask my brothers
ain't i a woman too
if i be you
let me not forget to
work hard
trust the Gods
love my children and

Comments about Harriet by Lucille Clifton

  • Edward Kofi Louis (6/18/2015 3:33:00 AM)

    in my sojourning. Nice work. (Report) Reply

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  • (5/15/2014 11:49:00 AM)

    Another beautiful poem with a twist of wisdom at the closing. Nice! (Report) Reply

  • (9/25/2005 2:03:00 PM)

    Strong writing by poet as usual in this unique and profound piece. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

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