R.I.P. Lucille Clifton

Lucille Clifton

One of my favorite poets, Lucille Clifton, has died. I only recently discovered her work but it was love at first sight – I still can’t get enough. She wrote about everyday women in words that really make us realize just how extraordinary and connected we are in this world. She celebrated womens’ bodies and the wisdom and sexuality that comes with age and she wasn’t afraid to let her voice be heard in a world of cookie-cutter Barbie dolls. Her voice will be missed but thank God we have her words in print and audio forever. Click here to listen to Lucille read her poem Won’t You Celebrate With Me.

This is the first poem I ever read of Lucille’s and it’s still my favorite.

    There Is A Girl Inside

there is a girl inside.
she is randy as a wolf.
she will not walk away
and leave these bones
to an old woman.

she is a green tree
in a forest of kindling.
she is a green girl
in a used poet.

she has waited
patient as a nun
for the second coming,
when she can break through gray hairs
into blossom

and her lovers will harvest
honey and thyme
and the woods will be wild
with the damn wonder of it.

2 thoughts on “R.I.P. Lucille Clifton

  1. Thank you so much for passing this on. Lucille Clifton is one of the writers and poets I treasure most. Sad for a moment yet more glad for all she shared with us. She was indeed a sweet wild hungry wolf!


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