Healing Poems 360

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
pray that it flows also
through animals
beautiful and faithful and ancient
and female and brave
 ~ Lucille Clifton

2 thoughts on “Healing Poems 360

    • Hi David,

      I love her too. 🙂 I included her here because she is one of my favorite poets. I discovered her and Marge Piercy in college when I took the women’s studies course, Women Poets of the World. It’s been love ever since. This poem and poetry like this helped me to embrace my crimson wave and my monthly female yell many years ago. I have found women poets, their words, and their poetry so incredibly healing as I have worked on healing from csa.

      Thanks for your comment. 🙂 Good and healing thoughts to yous.


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