my dream about being white by Lucille Clifton

The following poem was published in the International Women’s Day – March 2021 special poetry issue of the International Review of Contemporary Law, the journal of the IADL.

by Lucille Clifton

hey music and
me
only white,
hair a flutter of
fall leaves
circling my perfect
line of a nose,
no lips,
no behind, hey
white me
and i’m wearing
white history
but there’s no future
in those clothes
so i take them off and
wake up
dancing.