to my last period

Lucille Clifton

 
well, girl, goodbye,
after thirty-eight years.
thirty-eight years and you
never arrived
splendid in your red dress
without trouble for me
somewhere, somehow.
now it is done,
and i feel just like
the grandmothers who,
after the hussy has gone,
sit holding her photograph
and sighing, wasn’t she
beautiful? wasn’t she beautiful?
 
Lucille Clifton, "to my last period" from Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton. Copyright © 1991 by Lucille Clifton. Reprinted with the permission of The Permissions Company, Inc., on behalf of BOA Editions, Ltd., boaeditions.org.

Poems by This Author

4/30/92 for rodney king by Lucille Clifton
so
blessing the boats by Lucille Clifton
may the tide
cutting greens by Lucille Clifton
curling them around
far memory by Lucille Clifton
my knees recall the pockets
here rests by Lucille Clifton
my sister Josephine
homage to my hips by Lucille Clifton
these hips are big hips.
it was a dream by Lucille Clifton
in which my greater self
jasper texas 1998 by Lucille Clifton
i am a man's head hunched in the road
miss rosie by Lucille Clifton
when I watch you
mulberry fields by Lucille Clifton
they thought the field was wasting
my dream about being white by Lucille Clifton
hey music and me only white
poem in praise of menstruation by Lucille Clifton
if there is a river
poem to my uterus by Lucille Clifton
you uterus
sisters by Lucille Clifton
me and you be sisters...
sorrows by Lucille Clifton
who would believe them winged
the earth is a living thing by Lucille Clifton
is a black shambling bear
the lost baby poem by Lucille Clifton
the time i dropped your almost body down
the lost women by Lucille Clifton
i need to know their names
wishes for sons by Lucille Clifton
i wish them cramps.
won't you celebrate with me by Lucille Clifton
won't you celebrate with me


Further Reading

Poems About Aging
Abandonment Under the Walnut Tree
by D. A. Powell
Affirmation
by Donald Hall
Age
by Robert Creeley
Age and Death
by Emma Lazarus
Almost Sixty
by Jim Moore
Beyond the Years
by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Blues
by Elizabeth Alexander
Demeter in Paris
by Meghan O'Rourke
E.H.
by John Koethe
El Dorado
by Edgar Allan Poe
Fear of the Future
by John Koethe
First Gestures
by Julia Spicher Kasdorf
Fixed Interval
by Devin Johnston
Forgetfulness
by Billy Collins
Gerontion
by T.S. Eliot
Get Up, Please
by David Kirby
In View of the Fact
by A. R. Ammons
Looking Back in My Eighty-First Year
by Maxine Kumin
Moonlight
by Sara Teasdale
My Lost Youth
by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
My Skeleton
by Jane Hirshfield
Poem at Thirty
by Michael Ryan
Preparation
by Effie Waller Smith
Quiet
by Tony Hoagland
Refusing at Fifty-Two to Write Sonnets
by Thomas Lynch
Rock Me to Sleep
by Elizabeth Akers Allen
Self-Portrait
by Adam Zagajewski
Since Nine—
by C. P. Cavafy
The Chicago Poem
by Jerome Rothenberg
The Edges of Time
by Kay Ryan
The Human Seasons
by John Keats
The Tower
by W. B. Yeats
The Widows of Gravesend
by L. S. Asekoff
The Young Man's Song
by W. B. Yeats
this kind of fire
by Charles Bukowski
To a Young Girl at a Window
by Margaret Widdemer
To Chloe: Who for his sake wished herself younger
by William Cartwright
To Earthward
by Robert Frost
To Think of Time
by Walt Whitman
Two Horses and a Dog
by James Galvin
When You are Old
by W. B. Yeats