Harriet

harriet
if i be you
let me not forget
to be the pistol
pointed
to be the madwoman
at the rivers edge
warning
be free or die
and isabell
if i be you
let me in my
sojourning
not forget
to ask my brothers
ain't i a woman too
and
grandmother
if i be you
let me not forget to
work hard
trust the Gods
love my children and
wait.

by Lucille Clifton

Comments (3)

in my sojourning. Nice work.
Another beautiful poem with a twist of wisdom at the closing. Nice!
Strong writing by poet as usual in this unique and profound piece.