One Human Voice

You might as well answer the door child, the truth, is furiously knocking.

Lucille Clifton

homage to my hips

by Lucille Clifton

these hips are big hips
they need space to
move around in.
they don’t fit into little
petty places. these hips
are free hips.
they don’t like to be held back.
these hips have never been enslaved,   
they go where they want to go
they do what they want to do.
these hips are mighty hips.
these hips are magic hips.
i have known them
to put a spell on a man and
spin him like a top!

Lucille Clifton Reading Homage To Hips

sorrows 

by Lucille Clifton

who would believe them winged
who would believe they could be
 
beautiful         who would believe
they could fall so in love with mortals
 
that they would attach themselves
as scars attach and ride the skin
 
 
sometimes we hear them in our dreams
rattling their skulls         clicking their bony fingers
 
envying our crackling hair
our spice filled flesh
 
 
they have heard me beseeching
as I whispered into my own
 
cupped hands       enough not me again
enough       but who can distinguish
 
one human voice   
amid such choruses of desire

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A Sonnet Obsession

I am a life-long Minnesotan who resides in Minneapolis. I hope you enjoy my curated selection of sonnets, short poems and nerdy ruminations. I am pleased to offer Fourteenlines as an ad and cookie free poetry resource, to allow the poetry to be presented on its own without distractions. Fourteenlines is a testament to the power of the written word, for anyone wanting a little more poetry in their life.

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