“It Comes Unadorned” by Toni Morrison

It Comes Unadorned

It comes
Like a phrase
Strong enough to cast a spell;
It comes
Like the turn of sun through hills
Or stars in wheels of song.
The jeweled feet of women dance the earth.
Arousing it to spring.
Shoulders broad as a road bend to share the weight of years.
Profiles breach the distance and lean
Toward an ordinary kiss.
It comes naked into the world like a charm.



Toni Morrison, 1931–2019

© 2002 Toni Morrison
“It Comes Unadorned” from Five Poems

Published as part of “Rainmaker Editions”
International Institute of Modern Letters

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