Torture By Alice Walker

Torture When they torture your mother plant a tree When they torture your father plant a tree When they torture your brother and your sister…

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Don’t Be Like Those Who Ask For Everything By Alice Walker

Don’t Be Like Those Who Ask For Everything Don’t be like those who ask for everything: praise, a blurb, a free ride in my rented…

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The Tree Of Life Has Fallen By Alice Walker

The Tree Of Life Has Fallen The tree of life has fallen on my small house. I thought it was so much bigger! But it…

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What Makes The Dalai Lama Lovable By Alice Walker

What Makes The Dalai Lama Lovable His posture From so many years Holding his robe with one hand Is odd. His gait Also. One’s own…

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The Ways Of Water By Alice Walker

The Ways Of Water With your unknown to me Odd magic You came To me: Your truck Backfiring As if sending Out Rockets To the…

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You Want To Grow Old Like The Carters By Alice Walker

You Want To Grow Old Like The Carters Let other leaders Retire To play golf & write Memoirs About bombing Villages They’ve never seen. Growing…

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Turning Madness Into Flowers #1 By Alice Walker

Turning Madness Into Flowers #1 If my sorrow were deeper I’d be, along with you, under the ocean’s floor; but today I learn that the…

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A Picture Story For The Curious By Alice Walker

A Picture Story For The Curious I get to meditate in a chair! Or against the wall with my legs stretched out! (Or even in…

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Desire By Alice Walker

Desire My desire is always the same; wherever Life deposits me: I want to stick my toe & soon my whole body into the water….

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To Change The World Enough By Alice Walker

To Change The World Enough To change the world enough you must cease to be afraid of the poor. We experience your fear as the…

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Be Nobody’s Darling By Alice Walker

Be Nobody’s Darling Be nobody’s darling; Be an outcast. Take the contradictions Of your life And wrap around You like a shawl, To parry stones…

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Before I Leave The Stage By Alice Walker

Before I Leave The Stage Before I leave the stage I will sing the only song I was meant truly to sing. It is the…

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Expect Nothing By Alice Walker

Expect Nothing Expect nothing. Live frugally On surprise. become a stranger To need of pity Or, if compassion be freely Given out Take only enough…

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Going Out To The Garden By Alice Walker

Going Out To The Garden Going out to the garden this morning to plant seeds for my winter greens -the strong, fiery mustard & the…

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Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit By Alice Walker

Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit Did you ever understand this? If my spirit was poor, how could I enter heaven? Was I depressed? Understanding…

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Remember By Alice Walker

Remember Remember When we ended It all -for a weekend- & how We knew? You took The tea bowl That I Broke In Carelessness To…

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What It Feels Like By Alice Walker

What It Feels Like As if I’ve swallowed A watermelon And Sidestepping My digestive tract It has lodged In my heart. There it lies Green…

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I Will Keep Broken Things By Alice Walker

I Will Keep Broken Things I will keep Broken Things: The big clay Pot With raised Iguanas Chasing Their Tails; Two Of their Wise Heads…

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When You Thought Me Poor By Alice Walker

When You Thought Me Poor When you thought me poor, my poverty was shaming. When blackness was unwelcome we found it best that I stay…

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Our Martyr By Alice Walker

Our Martyr When the people have won a victory whether small or large do you ever wonder at that moment where the martyrs might be?…

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Working Class Hero By Alice Walker

Working Class Hero My brothers knew The things you know. I did not scorn learning them; It’s just my mind Was busy being trained For…

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Knowing You Might Some Day Come By Alice Walker

Knowing You Might Some Day Come Knowing you might some day come and how unprepared I’ve always been like Mr. Sloppy in Charles Dickens’ our…

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When You See Water By Alice Walker

When You See Water When you see water in a stream you say: oh, this is stream water; When you see water in the river…

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If I Was President By Alice Walker

If I Was President If I was President The first thing I would do is call Mumia Abu-Jamal. No, if I was president the first…

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Word Reaches Us By Alice Walker

Word Reaches Us Word reaches us that you are sleeping, sleeping. Dismayed we have turned to the sea. We encounter among others walking there a…

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She By Alice Walker

She She is the one who will notice that the first snapdragon of Spring is in bloom; She is the one who will tell the…

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