the garden of delight

for some

it is stone

bare smooth

as a buttock


into the crevasse

of the world

for some

it is extravagant

water  mouths wide

washing together


for some

it is fire

for some air

and for some

certain only of the syllables

it is the element they

search their lives for


for them

it is a test

Lucille Clifton (USA, 1936 – 2010) from Quilting: Poems 1987-1990. Copyright © 1991 by Lucille Clifton (BOA Editions Ltd.)

Source: Poetry Foundation

Leave a Reply