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<i>The Coora Flower</i> The Coora Flower

by Gwendolyn Brooks
1991


Today I learned the coora flower
grows high in the mountains of Itty-go-luba Besa.
Province Meechee.
Pop. 39.

Now I am coming home.
This, at least, is Real, and what I know.

It was restful, learning nothing necessary.
School is tiny vacation. At least you can sleep.
At least you can think of love or feeling your boy friend against you
(which is not free from grief).

But now itís Real Business.
I am Coming Home.

My mother will be screaming in an almost dirty dress.
The crack is gone. So a Man will be in the house.

I must watch myself.
I must not dare to sleep.

Works Cited

Baym, Nina. The Norton Anthology of American Literature, Sixth Edition, Volume E, W.W. Norton: New York, 2003


K. Y. Hamilton, BA, MA - Copyright 2006


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