In Honor of Lucille

…a freewrite during the Lucille Clifton poetry hike by Stacey James McAdoo…

Taken at the Poetry Hike led by Kristen King of MoonlitDC at Rock Creek Park.
The late, great Lucille Clifton (who was known in part for her short poems) was the featured poet.

It’s something majestic about nature and walks and communing with strangers who feel like family. The sounds. The wind. The sweat. The pitter patter of heartbeats and feet. The higher you climb, the farther you go…the more you let go. No pretenses. No need to impress. You.Just.Are. And you open up and talk about the things that matter. And only what matters. No elevator talks. Only heart talks that flow like the creek. Sometimes smooth…sometimes choppy. Other times it is only small ripples. But it continues. Even when we are standing still, catching our breath and not sharing a single word.

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*Stacey James McAdoo, the 2019 Arkansas Teacher of the Year (affectionately referred to as 2019ATOY), is a 16 year Oral Communication instructor, AVID Coordinator and sponsor of the spoken word collective called Writeous Poets from Little Rock, Arkansas. She teaches at the historic Little Rock Central High School where she is the living embodiment of her ATOY platform of using passion and poetry to close the opportunity gap.*

Please like, share, leave a comment or ask a question about my poetry hike experience. For more information about the monthly poetry hikes in the DC Metro area, visit MoonLitDC on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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