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The Monday Poem is brought to you by English Professor Kristin Bensen-Hause. Enjoy!

won’t you celebrate with me

Lucille Clifton – 1936-2010

won’t you celebrate with me
what i have shaped into
a kind of life? i had no model.
born in babylon
both nonwhite and woman
what did i see to be except myself?
i made it up
here on this bridge between
starshine and clay,
my one hand holding tight
my other hand; come celebrate
with me that everyday
something has tried to kill me
and has failed.