Poet Lucille Clifton died earlier this week. After I heard the news, I wrote this post about Clifton and her importance to our local literary community in Howard County, Maryland.
Clifton is best known for her National Book Award winning poetry and her long tenure as Maryland's Poet Laureate. But she was also an author of children's books.
Rather than post one of her poems for Poetry Friday, I'm sharing a wonderful clip of Lucille Clifton reading to a group of children. You can see what an easy, wonderful rapport she had with young ones.
I love how "Don't You Remember" begins: Once upon a time, there was a four year old person who remembered everything.
That one word person -- rather than girl or child -- says much about Clifton's respect for human beings, regardless of age, color or gender.