Lucille Clifton

(June 27, 1936 - February 13, 2010 / Baltimore, Maryland)

adam thinking


she
stolen from my bone
is it any wonder
i hunger to tunnel back
inside desperate
to reconnect the rib and clay
and to be whole again

some need is in me
struggling to roar through my
mouth into a name
this creation is so fierce
i would rather have been born

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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