Poem: “Father Son and Holy Ghost” by Poet Audre Lorde

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Audre Lorde was a writer, feminist, womanist, librarian, and civil rights activist. As a poet, she is best known for technical mastery and emotional expression, as well as her poems that express anger and outrage at civil and social injustices she observed throughout her life.


Father Son and Holy Ghost

By Audre Lorde
I have not ever seen my father’s grave.
Not that his judgment eyes
have been forgotten
nor his great hands’ print
on our evening doorknobs
            one half turn each night
            and he would come
            drabbled with the world’s business
            massive and silent
            as the whole day’s wish
            ready to redefine
            each of our shapes
but now the evening doorknobs
wait    and do not recognize us
as we pass.
Each week a different woman
regular as his one quick glass
each evening
pulls up the grass his stillness grows
calling it weed.
Each week    a different woman
has my mother’s face
and he
who time has    changeless
must be amazed
who knew and loved
but one.
My father died in silence
loving creation
and well-defined response
he lived    still judgments
on familiar things
and died    knowing
a January 15th that year me.
Lest I go into dust
I have not ever seen my father’s grave.


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