Poem: Thank You to Lucille Clifton

Thank you
to Lucille Clifton

i listened to your story
with my eyes today
four books
a hundred poems
growing linear landscapes
naked word gardens
i cultivate into curves
inside my own woman spaces
and it’s curious
because i found
the whisper of my boldness
tucked beneath these healthy breasts
bursting into screams
from inside these magic mother hips
and even in that almost hole
above my eye
that echoes
“I don’t want to die”
and my first words
spoken out loud
are
Thank You

April Cheri 12/1997 

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