Lucille Clifton Quotes

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Lucille Clifton Quotes

The lost women I need to know their names those women I would have walked with, jauntily the way men go in groups swinging their arms, and the ones those sweating women whom I would have joined After a hard game to chew the fat what would we have called each other laughing joking into our beer? where are my gangs, my teams, my mislaid sisters? all the women who could have known me, where in the world are their names?
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You might as well answer the door, my child,
the truth is furiously knocking.

— Lucille Clifton

The lesson of the falling leaves
the leaves believe
such letting go is love
such love is faith
such faith is grace
such grace is god
i agree with the leaves

— Lucille Clifton

Blessing the boats
(at saint mary's)
may the tide
that is entering even now
the lip of our understanding
carry you out
beyond the face of fear
may you kiss
the wind then turn from it
certain that it will
love your back
may you
open your eyes to water
water waving forever
and may you in your innocence
sail through this to that

— Lucille Clifton

Come celebrate with me that every day something has tried to kill me and has failed.

— Lucille Clifton

Who among us can imagine ourselves unimagined? who among us can speak with so fragile tongue and remain proud?

— Lucille Clifton

The literature of America should reflect the children of America.

— Lucille Clifton

We need new words for what this is, this hunger entering our loneliness like birds, stunning our eyes into rays of hope. we need the flutter that can save us, something that will swirl across the face of what we have become and bring us grace.

— Lucille Clifton

Tell the truth ... maybe just to see clearly, as clearly as possible.

— Lucille Clifton

Children when they ask you why your mama so funny say she is a poet she don't have no sense

— Lucille Clifton

If i should enter the house and speak with my own voice, at last, about its awful furnitutre, pulling apart the covering over the dusty bodies; the randy father, the husband holding ice in his hand like a blessing, the mother bleeding into herself and the small imploding girl, i say if i should walk into that web, who will come flying after me, leaping tall buildings? you?

— Lucille Clifton

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