i continue to continue

Dear readers, friends,

I find myself astonished once again that another April is upon us. How can time move this quickly when so much of our lives these past two years feel suspended in an everlasting cycle?

Alas, here we are. And I am ever grateful for your eyes on these words at this moment in time. Welcome to 30 days of posting a poem for National Poetry Month, a tradition I began in 2009! I’m excited to share that the wonderfully talented Kristina Closs will be collaborating with me again to illustrate the poems.

Let’s begin this month with Lucille Clifton (1936-2010) and a poem of growth, of possibility, of a layered self taking shape and rising in a changing world, and of continuing forward amidst the uncertainty of it all.

Art by Kristina Closs

“i am not done yet”

as possible as yeast
as imminent as bread
a collection of safe habits
a collection of cares
less certain than i seem
more certain than i was
a changed changer
i continue to continue
what i have been
most of my lives is
where i’m going

Published in Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir 1969-1980


we will wear new bones again

Today I am thinking of transformations–and of this beloved poem I shared awhile back from the brilliant Lucille Clifton (1936-2010), who I had the honor of hearing read years ago when I was an undergraduate.


“new bones”

we will wear
new bones again.
we will leave
these rainy days,
break out through
another mouth
into sun and honey time.
worlds buzz over us like bees,
we be splendid in new bones.
other people think they know
how long life is.
how strong life is.
we know.