Friday, June 09, 2006

wishes for sons

lucille clifton is one of my favorite poets. she speaks so honestly about being female.

wishes for sons
by Lucille Clifton

i wish them cramps.
i wish them a strange town
and the last tampon.
I wish them no 7-11.

i wish them one week early
and wearing a white skirt.
i wish them one week late.

later i wish them hot flashes
and clots like you
wouldn't believe. let the
flashes come when they
meet someone special.
let the clots come
when they want to.

let them think they have accepted
arrogance in the universe,
then bring them to gynecologists
not unlike themselves.

Copyright ©1991 by Lucille Clifton. Reprinted from Quilting: Poems 1987-1990 with the permission of BOA Editions, Ltd., 260 East Ave., Rochester, NY 14604. Poets.Org


Rebekah said...

I love this poem! It's in one of my poetry books as well, "To Hell With Love," I think. I have three that are a set. I wrote about them a few weeks ago.

Come home soon!

Hope your dad is doing great.

Jean-Luc Florin said...

Hi, I'm from France and I've just seen that you like Andre Breton. I try to make a little text to cross the ocean :

Poetry Evolution said...

Oh, beautiful Lucille. How she dances, how she sings. I've heard her read this poem and she can tell it! I love that she writes about being a woman in a woman's body and honors all that we are from our large hips to our monthly period to the mother, sister, and daughters of this planet. Love her!