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Lucille Clifton - wishes for sons

i wish them cramps.
i wish them a strange town
and the last tampon.
I wish them no 7-11.

i wis...

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Poet: Lucille Clifton
Poem: wishes for sons

Comment 3 of 3, added on December 2nd, 2011 at 2:00 AM.
my say on wishes for sons

I believe Mike is right.She is not showing the other sex as weak of the female sex as dominant because man has no clue what a woman go through. It is basically pointing at the desensitized world. Man earns by working hard. He needs to remember what he aimed at when he started working. If it is just money that he is after, then he better know that he does not belong to the human race...which has seen pain right in front of its eyes. It is for both men and women alike that Lucille speaks. She wants to induce the feelings of wonderment and amazement that once existed when we were young. It has to stay with us till we take our last breath.

Salwa from Pakistan
Comment 2 of 3, added on April 15th, 2010 at 4:48 AM.

After reading a few comments this poem disappoints me. If it is serious in its feminist approach in suggesting men go through less pain in their lives than women, I think it shows a real lack of insight by Clifton. I do not think this was her aim, I think it has a lighter, more playful meaning to it (almost a joke). But when i read comments like megans i begin to lose faith.

Saying another sex has it "better" then you is childish and irresponsible. Saying that the other sex doesn't appreciate your hardships or pain is hypocritical.

Mike from United States
Comment 1 of 3, added on May 2nd, 2007 at 4:52 AM.

Men generally have no clue what its like to be a female, to tell you the truth it just about sucks, Lucille Clifton realizes this and characterizes it in a poem addressed to men, so that they may better understand women. She is a voice for women. For men to better understand that women arenít feeble, docile creatures but strong and can endure great hardships that a man would crumble under.



Megan from United States

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