spring song

By Lucille Clifton 1936–2010 Lucille Clifton
the green of Jesus
is breaking the ground
and the sweet
smell of delicious Jesus
is opening the house and
the dance of Jesus music
has hold of the air and
the world is turning
in the body of Jesus and
the future is possible
 

Lucille Clifton, "spring song" from The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton. Copyright © 1987 by Lucille Clifton.  Reprinted by permission of BOA Editions, Ltd. 

Source: Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir (BOA Editions Ltd., 1980)

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Poet Lucille Clifton 1936–2010

Subjects Nature, Spring, Religion, Christianity, God & the Divine

 Lucille  Clifton

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A prolific and widely respected poet, Lucille Clifton's work emphasizes endurance and strength through adversity, focusing particularly on African-American experience and family life. Awarding the prestigious Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize to Clifton in 2007, the judges remarked that “One always feels the looming humaneness around Lucille Clifton’s poems—it is a moral quality that some poets have and some don’t.” In addition to the . . .

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SUBJECT Nature, Spring, Religion, Christianity, God & the Divine

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