Lucille Clifton

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

Poem In Praise Of Menstruation - Poem by Lucille Clifton

if there is a river
more beautiful than this
bright as the blood
red edge of the moon if
there is a river
more faithful than this
returning each month
to the same delta if there

is a river
braver than this
coming and coming in a surge
of passion, of pain if there is

a river
more ancient than this
daughter of eve
mother of cain and of abel if there is in

the universe such a river if
there is some where water
more powerful than this wild
water

pray that it flows also
through animals
beautiful and faithful and ancient
and female and brave


Comments about Poem In Praise Of Menstruation by Lucille Clifton

  • Chinedu Dike (10/2/2019 10:46:00 AM)

    Well expressed thoughts and feelings............................................................................................ (Report)Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (3/6/2018 12:12:00 PM)

    Wow, bravo.. thanks for trying this amazing theme.
    10+++
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  • (12/2/2017 1:49:00 AM)

    Loved this poem so much. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/11/2016 6:04:00 PM)

    ...............an astonishing tribute to the monthly cycle ★ (Report)Reply

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  • Jasbir Chatterjee (10/28/2015 4:52:00 AM)

    It's hard to look at menstruation as a happy thing, but your poem does make it sound very lyrical. Thanks for sharing. (Report)Reply

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  • Soumita Sarkar (9/9/2015 1:24:00 AM)

    ha...such a brave narrative of the flow that is never a sitting room topic.....years it was hushed....under the veil of women's burden....Thanks poet for lifting this curtain and bringing out the mosaic of rainbow woman. (Report)Reply

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  • Patricia Grantham (11/7/2014 11:11:00 AM)

    A very praiseworthy poem in honor of this subject
    of feminine happenings. Nice and enjoyed.
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  • (5/15/2014 12:05:00 PM)

    Wow. Never thought I could like a poem about menstruation. Instead of viewing as a curse the poet finds the beauty in the knowing that without this monthly tpritual, life as we know it can not exist. Wonderful write! (Report)Reply

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  • Juan Olivarez (1/15/2011 8:59:00 PM)

    I love your poetry ms. Clifton, however my wife used to have a problem with fibroids, which made her monthly cycle into a sunami, she might not agree with the premise. (Report)Reply

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  • (2/17/2010 9:17:00 PM)

    Love the lyricism in this poem - it's a great one to recite. Erhard, you don't get it: women are strong because of/ inspite of our bodies. Menstruation doesn't hold anyone back - except a few men with hangups. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/5/2008 12:26:00 AM)

    Stark imagery, indeed, in this poem of yours. If not for menstruation, women might well accrue such tremendous powers that could overpower the biggest macho of a male. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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