The Times

it is hard to remain human on a day
when birds perch weeping
in the trees and the squirrel eyes
do not look away but the dog ones do

by Lucille Clifton Click to read full poem

Comments (11)

the spindle fish would run to ground and that would mean the end is coming and the grains of dust would gather themselves along the streets and spell out: provoking thinking. a great poem. tony
you've got to be me
Another child has killed a child! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
these too are your children this too is your child A poignant statement poetically established
It is painful when children are killed.A mother's pain of losing her child is felt by all living beings in nature.The animals and birds sympathize the weeping mother. We are no humans when we remain insensitive to the death of children because they are not of our race or religion.To quote from the poem- - it is hard to remain human on a day when birds perch weeping in the trees and the squirrel eyes do not look away but the dog ones do in pity. another child has killed a child and i catch myself relieved that they are white and i might understand except that i am tired of understanding.
Some pains are universal, they go beyond the boundaries. Beyond colour of skin or race or alphabet. A nice write. 10 for sharing this lovely poem.
This is excellently penned tender poem basing on perception of nature is shared. All creatures in this Earth are like children. Human beings should save them and should not kill. Understanding the exceptional perception is wise ever...10
- -it is hard to remain human on a day when birds perch weeping- - These opening lines sets the right tune for such a poem. A wonderful write. Congrats! ! !
Such a fine poem..................
...these too are your children this too is your child... Wonderful poem.
No matter the color of skin. The death of a child causes the same pain in the mother. A beautiful poem.