by Lucille Clifton

If there is a river
more beautiful than this
bright as the blood
red edge of the moon if
there is a river
more faithful than this
returning each month
to the same delta if there

is a river

braver than this
coming and coming in a surge
of passion of pain if there is

a river
more ancient than this
daughter of eve
mother of cain and of abel if there is in

the universe such a river if
there is some where water
more powerful than this wild

pray that it flows also
through animals
beautiful and faithful and ancient
and female and brave



Notes : American writer and poet Lucille Clifton-Seyles (1936-2010)  Her first poetry collection Good Times (1969) was chosen by The New York Times as one of the best ten books of the year. Her series of children’s books about a little black boy started with Some of the Days of Everett Anderson (1970). From 1985 till 1989 Lucille Clifton was a professor of literature.

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