sisters by Lucille Clifton


me and you be sisters.
we be the same.

me and you
coming from the same place.

me and you
be greasing our legs
touching up our edges.

me and you
be scared of rats
be stepping on roaches.

me and you
come running high down purdy street one time
and mama laugh and shake her head at
me and you.

me and you
got babies
got thirty-five
got black
let our hair go back
be loving ourselves
be loving ourselves
be sisters.

only where you sing,
I poet.

Lucille Clifton - Sisters

If you’re interested in hearing Ms. Clifton read her poetry, click here to be redirected to a webcast from 1988 produced by the Library of Congress. 

Link to Lucille Clifton’s work @ Brentwood here. If you can’t find what you want at Brentwood, click here and it’ll show you everything authored by Ms. Clifton in the Suffolk Library system. You could request a copy and have it sent to Brentwood free of charge. Then, just bring it back to Brentwood when you’re done.