Seven poems, must-reads for me… #5: Lucille Clifton, “Sorrow Song”

Seven poems, must-reads for me… no particular order #5:

Lucille Clifton

“sorrow song”

for the eyes of the children,
the last to melt,
the last to vaporize,
for the lingering
eyes of the children, staring,
the eyes of the children of
buchenwald,
of viet nam and johannesburg,
for the eyes of the children
of nagasaki,
for the eyes of the children
of middle passage,
for cherokee eyes, ethiopian eyes,
russian eyes, american eyes,
for all that remains of the children,
their eyes,
staring at us, amazed to see
the extraordinary evil in
ordinary men.
 
 
 
 
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~ by samofthetenthousandthings on July 2, 2018.

One Response to “Seven poems, must-reads for me… #5: Lucille Clifton, “Sorrow Song””

  1. Damn. So hearbreakingly timely.

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