Lucille Clifton

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

She Understands Me - Poem by Lucille Clifton

it is all blood and breaking,
blood and breaking, the thing
drops out of its box squalling
into the light. they are both squalling,
animal and cage. her bars lie wet, open
and empty and she has made herself again
out of flesh out of dictionaries,
she is always emptying and it is all
the same wound the same blood the same breaking.


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  • Drtony Brahmin (5/4/2019 8:44:00 AM)

    her bars lie wet, open
    and empty and she has made herself again
    out of flesh out of dictionaries,
    she is always emptying and it is all
    the same wound the same blood a good poem. thank u dear poet. tony
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  • Savita Tyagi (7/3/2018 5:52:00 PM)

    The bleeding, the healing keeps one going. A very touchy poem. (Report)Reply

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  • Lungelo S Mbuyazi (7/3/2018 2:11:00 PM)

    Nice write that leaves a reader with a lot to think about....so thought provoking (Report)Reply

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  • Drtony Brahmin (7/3/2018 11:24:00 AM)

    she is always emptying and it is all
    the same wound the same blood the same breaking. a very fine poem.. thank u dear poetess. tony
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  • (7/3/2018 9:08:00 AM)

    Even as I'm wet with tears and my heart bleeds
    Even as I break free from the cage that imprisoned me
    And breathe flames of protest and fury in poeted words
    And I have regrouped and think I'm healed
    The breaking will come again
    By and by. (Never mind. My take.) It's imagery and emotion packed and beautiful. 👍👍👍
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  • Adrian Flett (7/3/2018 5:17:00 AM)

    The struggle and the chaos of creation Well said. (Report)Reply

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (7/3/2018 1:43:00 AM)

    Such a great write by Lucille Clifton👍👍👍 (Report)Reply

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  • Robert Murray Smith (7/3/2018 1:41:00 AM)

    A poet is always remaking her thoughts. Clever write. (Report)Reply

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  • (5/15/2014 12:12:00 PM)

    Different. Not one of my favorites of the poet. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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