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In the Land of Words

In the land
of words,
I stand as still
as a tree,
and let the words
rain down on me.
Come, rain, bring
your knowledge and your
music.   Sing
while I grow green 
and full.
I'll stand as still 
as a tree,
and let your blessings
fall on me.


From In the Land of Words: New and Selected Poems by Eloise Greenfield, illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. Copyright © 2004 by Eloise Greenfield. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers. No part of this book may be used or repoduced without written permission from HarperCollins Publishers, 1350 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10019.


Eloise Greenfield

Eloise Greenfield is the author of over thirty children’s books, many of which use poetry to tell stories about the African-American experience. Her most recent books include In the Land of Words (Amistad Press, 2016), Brothers & Sisters (Amistad Press, 2008), and Honey, I Love and Other Love Poems (HarperCollins, 2003).

Date Published: 2004-01-01

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