miss rosie / lucille clifton

when i watch you

wrapped up like garbage

sitting, surrounded by the smell

of too old potato peels


when i watch you

in your old man’s shoes

with the little toe cut out

sitting, waiting for your mind

like next week’s grocery

i say

when i watch you

you wet brown bag of a woman

who used to be the best looking gal in georgia

used to be called the Georgia Rose

i stand up

through your destruction

i stand up

Excerpt from: “Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir 1969-1980” by Lucille Clifton. Scribd.
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