I Am Accused Of Tending To The Past

i am accused of tending to the past
as if i made it,
as if i sculpted it
with my own hands. i did not.
this past was waiting for me
when i came,
a monstrous unnamed baby,
and i with my mother's itch
took it to breast
and named it
History.
she is more human now,
learning languages everyday,
remembering faces, names and dates.
when she is strong enough to travel
on her own, beware, she will.

by Lucille Clifton

Comments (7)

Very happy to send u a comment on ur poem and gave u a big 10. if u have time would u read my poem I am your baby mum. It is about abortion......... thank u very much.. tony http: //www.poemhunter.com/poem/i-am-your-baby-mum/
took it to breast and named it History.- - - -past that belongs to our life and history....... very well potrayed here dear poetess. thank you. tony
............I agree with Colleen....this is most interesting....excellent theme as well ★
Interesting poem......
One of the better writers I've read in a while.
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