Wise Poets – Lucille Clifton – Generations

Lucille Clifton (June 27, 1936 – February 13, 2010)

people who are going to be
in a few years
bottoms of trees
bear a responsibility to something
besides people
                       if it was only
you and me
sharing the consequences
it would be different
it wouId be just
generations of men
this business of war
these war kinds of things
are erasing those natural
obedient generations
who ignored pride
                      stood on no hind legs
                      begged no water
                      stole no bread
did their own things
and the generations of rice
of coal
of grasshoppers
by their invisibility
denounce us

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