LUCILLE CLIFTON cream of wheat sometimes at night we stroll the...

LUCILLE CLIFTONcream of wheat sometimes at night we stroll the market aisles ben and jemima and me they

walk in front remembering this and that

i lag behind

trying to remove my chefs cap

wondering about what ever pictured me

then left me personless


i read in an old paper

i was called rastus

but no mo ther ever

gave that to her son toward dawn

we return to our shelves

our boxes ben and jemima and me

we pose and smile i simmer what

is my name

At what point and how did you begin to figure out just who the speaker of this poem is? What is the effect of the shifts between plural and singular, "we" and "I"?

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