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Moonchild

Rating: 3.5
whatever slid into my mother's room that
late june night, tapping her great belly,
summoned me out roundheaded and unsmiling.
is this the moon, my father used to grin.
cradling me? it was the moon
but nobody knew it then.

the moon understands dark places.
the moon has secrets of her own.
she holds what light she can.
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Emma ZAyas 12 November 2018
bland poem 3/10
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Perdita 06 March 2018
the moon understands dark places. the moon has secrets of her own. ———— Girlhood experience revealed in the background of the moon.. Terrific.
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Kumarmani Mahakul 06 March 2018
the moon is queen of everything. she rules the oceans, rivers, rain. when I am asked whose tears these are I always blame the moon........beautiful expression with nice theme. Brilliant write.
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Seamus O Brian 06 March 2018
A powerful, biting work that explores how children find refuge from horrors over which they have no control. To be able to project our pain onto something distant and objective in order to survive the painful reality of that which is close and familiar. Terrific writing; necessarily horrible subject.
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Edward Kofi Louis 06 March 2018
The moon understands dark places! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Ravi Kopra 06 March 2018
A translation of the poem in Hindi/Urdu here - https: //www.poemhunter.com/poem/moonchild-a-poem-by-lucille-clifton-in-hindi-urdu-translation/
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Savita Tyagi 06 March 2018
Marvelous expressions. Connecting with moon in a deep and intense way. Reminded me of my small poem moon’s child that came out of similar feelings.
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Ravi Kopra 06 March 2018
'Reminded me of my small poem moon’s child that came out of similar feelings.' Could you please post here/send me by PM the link to your poem. Thanks
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Bernard F. Asuncion 06 March 2018
Such a great poem by Lucille Clifton??????
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Colleen Courtney 15 May 2014
One of my favorite poems from the poet. Absolutely brilliant writing!
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Richard Hexem 29 March 2010
That last verse is outstanding! It would make a great poem all by itself! It wouldn't let me go!
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