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An American Story

one year

a naked white guy

parked his car

by our elementary school

kids called him

The Nude Dude and laughed

when they told the story

i didn’t believe it

because i was

on the honor roll

until the afternoon

he hopped at me

all pink and sweaty

and asked me

       little girl

have you ever seen

a white mans pride

and i replied oh

yes sir many times

many times

from The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton: 1965-2010Find it in the library

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Published in Lucille Clifton Poems

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