Homage to My Hips by Lucille Clifton

Poetry PotLuck: I Love Lucille Clifton Homage to her Hips even though I am small frame I see my hips as magic too, and her words lift me…  the power in a woman…  Her Poem moves me to have that Self love talk in the Mirror  hey “My life loves me”…

Homage to My Hips
BY LUCILLE CLIFTON
these hips are big hips
they need space to
move around in.
they don’t fit into little
petty places. these hips
are free hips.
they don’t like to be held back.
these hips have never been enslaved,
they go where they want to go
they do what they want to do.
these hips are mighty hips.
these hips are magic hips.
i have known them
to put a spell on a man and
spin him like a top!

Lucille Clifton, “homage to my hips” from Good Woman. Copyright © 1987 by Lucille Clifton. Reprinted with the permission of Curtis Brown, Ltd. http://www.poetryfoundation.org/poem/179615

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11 thoughts on “Homage to My Hips by Lucille Clifton

  1. My poetry professor introduced me to this poem, which is just a wonderful celebration of being a woman. The professor showed a clip of Clifton reading the poem ( from a PBS series on poets)– her voice is great.

  2. Thanks for sharing this. This is a fantastic tribute to being a woman! I’m not familiar with Lucille Clifton’s work, but I’ll be sure to look her up!

  3. I love this line: “these hips have never been enslaved.”

    Doesn’t that say it all? Women are taught to enslave their bodies to male fantasies. Even the most independent women are vulnerable to it.

    Thanks for the post.

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