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These Poems

These poems
they are things that I do
in the dark
reaching for you
whoever you are
and
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.

Credit


Copyright © 2017 by the June M. Jordan Literary Estate. Used with the permission of the June M. Jordan Literary Estate, www.junejordan.com.

About this Poem


“These Poems” appeared in Things That I Do in the Dark: Selected Poetry (Random House, 1977).

Author


June Jordan

The author of several books of poetry, June Jordan was born in 1936, in New York City

Date Published: 2017-12-02

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/these-poems