Lucille Clifton – poem in praise of menstruation

3.23.17
Lucille Clifton

poem in praise of menstruation


if there is a river
more beautiful than this
bright as the blood
red edge of the moon          if

there is a river
more faithful than this
returning each month
to the same delta             if there

is a river
braver than this
coming and coming in a surge
of passion, of pain         if there is

a river
more ancient than this
daughter of eve
mother of cain and of abel          if there is in

the universe such a river          if
there is some where water
more powerful than this wild
water
pray that it flows also
through animals
beautiful and faithful and ancient
and female and brave

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