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Analysis and comments on the lost baby poem by Lucille Clifton

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Comment 3 of 41, added on December 17th, 2008 at 8:05 AM.

Aaliyah - "your children are like rice"?! What does that mean - are you
planning to eat them?

I went over to the Blue Minstrels (speaking of Rice) and read this and
there is nothing in this that indicates that it is even about an abortion.
To me it reads like a very thoughtful reflection on baby that was lost (as
in miscarriage).

Many thoughtful women may be having abortions everyday, as one reader
asserts, thanks to Roe v. Wade - but I guarantee you they are much more
thoughtful about it after the fact.

If anything, Clifton's poem does bring that fact home to roost pretty
strongly. Whether it was an intentional loss or not, the loss is there. I
am always amazed by the power and sensitivity of her writes. She must
indeed have been a mountain of a mom.

Comment 2 of 41, added on December 16th, 2008 at 9:11 PM.

To Aaliyah...I doubt that you paid much thought to the poem....this poem
speaks of a woman who had to make a decision whether to bring a baby that
she couldn't care for into the world. She chose not to because she knew
that she could not provide enough love or material needs for the
child...when she refers to Black men, she is invoking the wrath of those
whose opinion she holds dear if she does not take care of the children whom
she already has.
And yes, you are wrong. On every count...I get that you are a black
woman, but you probably have not had to made ethical decisions that will
forever impact your life...her "ceremonial chant" is a pledge and an
acceptance. She accepts that in the future, she might be questioned on her
prior decisions. She also accepts that she might never have been good
enough, literally, physically, or in her role as a woman. But in the end,
she knows that she did what she did for the love of her child.
That may sound wrong to you, but believe me, many perfectly sane women
make that decision perhaps each day. Thanks to Roe v. Wade (1974).

Joke Silva from Barbados

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Poet: Lucille Clifton
Poem: the lost baby poem
Added: Apr 12 2005
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