the time i dropped your almost body down
down to meet the waters under the city
and run one with the sewage to the sea
what did i know about waters rushing back
what did i know about drowning
or being drowned
you would have been born in winter
in the year of the disconnected gas
and no car
we would have made the thin walk
over the genecy hill into the canada winds
to let you slip into a stranger’s hands
if you were here i could tell you
these and some other things
and if i am ever less than a mountain
for your definite brothers and sisters
let the rivers wash over my head
let the sea take me for a spiller of seas
let black men call me stranger always
for your never named sake
In Lucille Clifton, she displays that a young mother who has full regret and guilt for her child that she had lost due to an abortion. Although the story doesnt really indicate she has an abortion. There are many ways that express the poet intentions and how it fits together. The poet uses a lot of imagery so intensely that one person reading it can almost fell the coldness of the winter chill.
First in the poem she uses lower cases letter which I think symbolize a great shame upon her. This poem is broken into three separate groups. In the first body it was the process of the baby being aborted. “The time I dropped you almost body down down to meet that water under the city and run one with sewage to the sea what did I know about water rushing back what about drowning or being drowned” (1-6). In the poet mind she is constantly repeating herself. With her repeating herself what did I know that she wanted forgiveness.
The second group body it represent the excuses the poet makes for her baby as if it was benefit for the inborn baby. “You would have been born into winter the year of the disconnected gas and no car” (7-9). That represents how poor the poet was at the time. “We would have the think walk over Genesee hill into Canada “wind” (9-10). This is an indication where they lived at the time.
Finally the last group of body it shows that she has learned from her mistakes. Also, she tells herself how she promises to improve her ways. “ If I am ever less than a mountain for your definite brother and sisters let the rivers pour over my head let the sea take me for a spiller of seas” (15-19). She is making a promise to her unborn child that she wouldn’t do her current child the same way or she wants punishment for her actions.