These Poems

By June Jordan

These poems
they are things that I do
in the dark
reaching for you
whoever you are
are you ready?

These words
they are stones in the water
running away

These skeletal lines
they are desperate arms for my longing and love.

I am a stranger
learning to worship the strangers
around me

whoever you are
whoever I may become.


"These Poems" from The Essential June Jordan, edited by Jan Heller Levi and Christoph Keller, Copper Canyon Press, 2021.(c) 2021 June M. Jordan Literary Estate Trust. Used by permission.