brothers, who will hold her, who will find her beautiful if you do not? Lucille Clifton. #OscarsSoWhite

song at midnight

brothers,
this big woman
carries much sweetness
in the folds of her flesh.
her hair
is white with wonderful.
she is
rounder than the moon
and far more faithful.
brothers,
who will hold her,
who will find her beautiful
if you do not?

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 the bridge between
starshine and clay,
my own hand holding tight
my other hand; come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed.

Lucille Clifton

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From The Oxford Anthology of African-American Poetry.
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2 thoughts on “brothers, who will hold her, who will find her beautiful if you do not? Lucille Clifton. #OscarsSoWhite

  1. I like the line “what did i see to be except myself?”… She hasn’t seen herself reflected (except close around her), yet she writes about her body so lovingly. Wrinkly, white hair… Round:) She makes it so easy to see the beautiful in her even if she has to spell it out.

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