Lucille Clifton

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

Won'T You Celebrate With Me - Poem by Lucille Clifton

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

Comments about Won'T You Celebrate With Me by Lucille Clifton

  • Gold Star - 13,865 Points Susan Williams (10/28/2015 3:20:00 PM)

    Yes, I celebrate your life. You survived and you triumphed. That is what life does for the best of us. You were stirred by the cultural revolutions during which you were seen and negated as a nonwhite and a woman. Stirred, you refused to be jailed by preconceptions and bias. Stirred you struggled as the best of us must. We gain strength from the rotten experiences of life and shape ourselves into starshine instead of a cringing ball of mud. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 37,871 Points Rajnish Manga (10/28/2015 11:48:00 AM)

    This shows us the courage and conviction of a woman in an hostile environment. Need of the hour. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 46,898 Points Edward Kofi Louis (10/28/2015 10:22:00 AM)

    Babylon! ! With the muse of the hardships of life. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 5,220 Points Kinyua Karanja (10/28/2015 6:58:00 AM)

    Nice poem, a brave lady who dified odds to make it to stardom, great. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 4,269 Points Tanya Stewart-boateng (10/28/2015 3:25:00 AM)

    A very strong woman, who has managed to see the good in her circumstances. Very motivating and emotional. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 11,416 Points Seema Jayaraman (10/28/2015 12:30:00 AM)

    The grit of a spirited woman.. defiant yet welcoming all to celebrate each day of life.. lovely poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 45 Points Colleen Courtney (5/15/2014 12:38:00 PM)

    The power and strength of a woman who prevails! So much beauty in this wonderful write! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, January 3, 2003

Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 19, 2008

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