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Rest In Peace

Lucille Clifton 1936-2010

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.

14 Responses to “Rest In Peace”

  1. Alceste Says:

    What was up with the password-protected post that has now disappeared?

  2. Dawn Summers Says:

    Hmm? huh? What?

  3. Rebecca Says:

    I love the use of ‘poet’ as a verb. Ouchy to my heart.

  4. dawn Says:

    I like that too! I also like that they be scared of rats and be stepping on roaches! me too!

  5. Pdov Says:

    I liked the rats/roaches part since I’m the same. Really loved the last line too. I’ve been hanging out w/ my sister for the last week and well it’s nice – even when we fight/disagree it’s nice.

  6. dawn Says:

    hmm… do you think in the poem they’re biological sisters? I imagined they were close friends…

  7. Mary Says:

    Does it matter whether they are sisters or friends or even both?

  8. dawn Says:

    No, doesn’t matter. I was just curious. My sense was definitely friends, but pdov’s perspective lead her to biology. Maybe it’s just our own experiences coloring the poem.

  9. Pdov Says:

    I think my personal experience is coloring it and also this line:
    me and you
    come running high down purdy street one time
    and mama laugh and shake her head at
    me and you.

  10. dawn Says:

    But then: me and you
    got babies
    got thirty-five

    Sounds like they’re both 35…

  11. Rebecca Says:

    Twins! Separated at birth!

    Really, I don’t know if it matters if they are sisters or sistas.

  12. Dawn Summers Says:

    hahaah, no, again, I don’t think it matters at all. It’s the connection that’s important. I was just curious.

  13. Pearatty Says:

    I think friends, not biological, but don’t think it matters.

  14. Suzette Says:

    I think friends. The poems truck a chord with me and I haven’t stepped on a roach in 20 years.

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