June’s Words

won’t you celebrate with me
what i have shaped into
a kind of life? i had no model.
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,
my one hand holding tight
my other hand; come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed.

Lucille Clifton, Won’t You Celebrate With Me

6 thoughts on “June’s Words

  • Reply Grace Orozco June 2, 2021 at 8:33 am

    This is so filled with truth and art and beauty..thank you for sharing.

    • Reply latonya June 2, 2021 at 10:15 am

      Thank you, Grace! It’s a favorite that keeps coming back.


  • Reply Leslie-Anne June 2, 2021 at 4:48 pm

    I LOVE this. So simple. So powerful. It brought a tear to my eye.

    • Reply latonya June 2, 2021 at 6:51 pm

      Thank you for reading, Leslie-Anne!

  • Reply Jay June 3, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Love this so much, thank you.

  • Reply Taylor June 7, 2021 at 11:52 am

    Beautiful, moving words. Thank you.

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