Books by Lorie Ann Grover

Books by Lorie Ann Grover
Kirkus Starred Review, Firstborn: "A fantasy that reads like a lost history tome and deftly examines issues of gender...An engrossing story with welcome depths."

Friday, June 12, 2015

Poetry Friday: Spiral Up

Spiral Up

Spiral Up by lorieanngrover on Polyvore

Spiral Up

I will build hope one
staircase on another and
climb from destruction.

Lorie Ann Grover, 2015


jama said...

Very cool image and poem. Thank you!!

Mary Lee said...

This reminds me of Langston Hughes' Crystal Staircase poem!

Lorie Ann Grover said...

Thank you! Oh, yes, Mary Lee:

Mother to Son

Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.
So boy, don’t you turn back.
Don’t you set down on the steps
’Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now—
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin’,
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.

Donna Smith said...

Wonderful Haiku!

Donna Smith said...

Or senryu, actually!

Lorie Ann Grover said...

Thank you, Donna! Now I know more. :)