God send easter

By Lucille Clifton

and we will lace the
jungle on
and step out
brilliant as birds
against the concrete country
feathers waving as we
dance toward jesus
sun reflecting mango
and apple as we
glory in our skin

Lucille Clifton, “spring song” from The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton.
Copyright © 1991, 2000 by Lucille Clifton. Reprinted with the permission
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