Song at Midnight

In The Erotic Spirit, edited by Sam Hamill, “Song at Midnight” by Lucille Clifton (1936 – 2010) is a lush poem about struggle, survival, and joy.  It celebrates triumph over adversity, and revels in the strength and resilience of a woman.

brothers,/this big woman/ carries sweetness/ in the folds of her flesh….  she is/ rounder than the moon/ and far more faithful….  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, …  come celebrate/ with me that everyday/ something has tried to kill me/ and has failed.

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