Lucille Clifton

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

The Photograph: A Lynching - Poem by Lucille Clifton

is it the cut glass
of their eyes
looking up toward
the new gnarled branch
of the black man
hanging from a tree?

is it the white milk pleated
collar of the woman
smiling toward the camera,
her fingers loose around
a christian cross drooping
against her breast?

is it all of us
captured by history into an
accurate album? will we be
required to view it together
under a gathering sky?


Comments about The Photograph: A Lynching by Lucille Clifton

  • Dutendra Chamling (10/28/2015 4:10:00 AM)


    This poem has designed a REAL photograph. Wonderful poem. (Report) Reply

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  • (5/15/2014 12:26:00 PM)


    A sad and poignant poem on a horrible happening in history. There's a subtle power in these words. Nicely written. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003



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