Won'T You Celebrate With Me Poem by Lucille Clifton

Won'T You Celebrate With Me

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won't you celebrate with me
what i have shaped into
a kind of life? i had no model.
born in babylon
both nonwhite and woman
what did i see to be except myself?
i made it up
here on this bridge between
starshine and clay,
my one hand holding tight
my one hand; come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed.

Colleen Courtney 15 May 2014

The power and strength of a woman who prevails! So much beauty in this wonderful write!

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Seema Jayaraman 28 October 2015

The grit of a spirited woman.. defiant yet welcoming all to celebrate each day of life.. lovely poem.

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Maria Gonzalez 28 October 2015

A very strong woman, who has managed to see the good in her circumstances. Very motivating and emotional.

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Ramesh T A 28 February 2020

Triumph of a woman against all odds in the world is indeed great to celebrate sure! Congrats to the Poet for selection of Modern Poem today by PH!

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Susan Williams 28 October 2015

Yes, I celebrate your life. You survived and you triumphed. That is what life does for the best of us. You were stirred by the cultural revolutions during which you were seen and negated as a nonwhite and a woman. Stirred, you refused to be jailed by preconceptions and bias. Stirred you struggled as the best of us must. We gain strength from the rotten experiences of life and shape ourselves into starshine instead of a cringing ball of mud.

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Rajnish Manga 28 October 2015

This shows us the courage and conviction of a woman in an hostile environment. Need of the hour. Thanks.

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Edward Kofi Louis 28 October 2015

Babylon! ! With the muse of the hardships of life. Thanks for sharing.

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Kinyua Karanja 28 October 2015

Nice poem, a brave lady who dified odds to make it to stardom, great.

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Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton

Baltimore, Maryland
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