Wednesday Poetry Break

It was with great sadness that I learned of the passing last month of poet Lucille Clifton. A former poet laureate of Maryland, Clifton is best known for saying much with few words. It’s hard to pick just one poem of hers to post here today, but this is one I have always enjoyed.

the garden of delight

for some
it is stone
bare smooth
as a buttock
into the crevasse
of the world

for some
it is extravagant
water   mouths wide
washing together

for some
it is fire
for some air

and for some
certain only of the syllables
it is the element they
search their lives for


for them
it is a test

— Lucille Clifton


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