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what could the clouds be
whispering about me?
they don’t even know my name

hush child!

ain’t i told you a thousand
times to whisper when we
walking thru the sky.

girl, cloud know your name
moon too
stars told ‘em

they know ‘bout you
know ‘bout you before you were ever born


From Breath of the Song: New and Selected Poems (Carolina Wren Press, 2005). Copyright © 2005 by Jaki Shelton Green. Used with the permission of the author.


Jaki Shelton Green

Jaki Shelton Green is the author of eight collections, most recently I Want to Undie You (Jacar Press, 2017). In 2019, Green was named an Academy of American Poets Laureate Fellow. She currently teaches Documentary Poetry at Duke University Center for Documentary Studies and serves as the poet laureate of North Carolina.

Date Published: 2019-08-06

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