I Am Accused Of Tending To The Past Poem by Lucille Clifton

I Am Accused Of Tending To The Past

Rating: 4.2


i am accused of tending to the past
as if i made it,
as if i sculpted it
with my own hands. i did not.
this past was waiting for me
when i came,
a monstrous unnamed baby,
and i with my mother's itch
took it to breast
and named it
History.
she is more human now,
learning languages everyday,
remembering faces, names and dates.
when she is strong enough to travel
on her own, beware, she will.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Faith Elizabeth Brigham 02 October 2005

You go girl! It doesn't get any better than this powerfully penned poetess puts it down like it is never a false word spilling from her love-filled lips

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Leslie Audes 17 February 2010

a mantra for anyone who goes beyond what they've inherited. great piece!

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Richard Hexem 29 March 2010

One of the better writers I've read in a while.

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Adventures of Isabel 03 February 2021

Ogden Nash

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Mahtab Bangalee 25 March 2019

great expressive writings- i with my mother's itch took it to breast and named it History.////

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Dr Antony Theodore 06 March 2018

took it to breast and named it History.- - - -past that belongs to our life and history....... very well potrayed here dear poetess. thank you. tony

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* Sunprincess * 11 February 2016

............I agree with Colleen....this is most interesting....excellent theme as well ?

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Colleen Courtney 15 May 2014

Interesting poem......

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Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton

Baltimore, Maryland
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