turning into my own
turning on in
to my own self
at last
turning out of the
white cage, turning out of the
lady cage
turning at last
on a stem like a black fruit
in my own season
at last


Directed by Matthew Thompson.

Lucille Clifton, “turning” from Collected Poems. Copyright © 2004 by Lucille Clifton. Used with the permission of The Permissions Company, LLC on behalf of BOA Editions, Ltd., boaeditions.org. All rights reserved.