Alice Walker
Expect Nothing by Alice Walker

Expect Nothing by Alice Walker

Expect nothing. Live frugally On surprise. become a stranger To need of pity Or, if compassion be freely Given out Take only enough Stop short of urge to plead Then purge ...

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Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit by Alice Walker

Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit by Alice Walker

Did you ever understand this? If my spirit was poor, how could I enter heaven? Was I depressed? Understanding editing,I see how a comma, removed or insertedwith careful plan,can ...

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She by Alice Walker

She by Alice Walker

She is the onewho will noticethat the first snapdragonof Springisin bloom;She is the onewho will tell the mostfunny&complicatedjoke.She is the onewho will surprise youby knowing ...

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When You See Water by Alice Walker

When You See Water by Alice Walker

When you see water in a streamyou say: oh, this is streamwater; When you see water in the riveryou say: oh, this is waterof the river; When you see oceanwateryou say: This is the ...

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A Picture Story For The Curious by Alice Walker

A Picture Story For The Curious by Alice Walker

(You supply the pictures!) I get to meditatein a chair! Or against the wallwith my legsstretched out! (Or even in bed!) I get to seemaybe halfof what I'm looking at! (This ...

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Torture by Alice Walker

Torture by Alice Walker

When they torture your motherplant a treeWhen they torture your fatherplant a treeWhen they torture your brotherand your sisterplant a treeWhen they assassinateyour leadersand ...

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What It Feels Like by Alice Walker

What It Feels Like by Alice Walker

As if I've swallowedA watermelonAndSidesteppingMy digestive tractIt has lodgedIn my heart.There it liesGreen& wholewith a lusciousredheart of its owndaring meto cut.

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Be Nobody’s Darling by Alice Walker

Be Nobody’s Darling by Alice Walker

Be nobody's darling; Be an outcast.Take the contradictionsOf your lifeAnd wrap aroundYou like a shawl,To parry stonesTo keep you warm.Watch the people succumbTo madnessWith ample ...

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I Will Keep Broken Things by Alice Walker

I Will Keep Broken Things by Alice Walker

I will keepBrokenThings:The big clayPotWith raisedIguanasChasingTheirTails; TwoOf theirWiseHeadsShearedOff; I will keepBrokenthings:The oldSlaveMarketBasketBroughtTo myDoorBy ...

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Remember by Alice Walker

Remember by Alice Walker

RememberWhen we endedIt all-for a weekend-& howWe knew?You tookThe tea bowlThat IBrokeInCarelessnessTo glue togetherAgainAt yourHouse.

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Desire by Alice Walker

Desire by Alice Walker

My desireis always the same; wherever Lifedeposits me:I want to stick my toe& soon my whole bodyinto the water.I want to shake out a fat broom& sweep dried leavesbruised ...

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Before I Leave The Stage by Alice Walker

Before I Leave The Stage by Alice Walker

Before I leave the stageI will sing the only songI was meant truly to sing.It is the songof I AM.Yes: I am Me&You.WE ARE.I love Us with every dropof our bloodevery atom of our ...

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Word Reaches Us by Alice Walker

Word Reaches Us by Alice Walker

Word reaches usthat you are sleeping, sleeping.Dismayedwe have turned to the sea.We encounter among otherswalking therea sense of what we have lost:the broad expanse of ...

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Working Class Hero by Alice Walker

Working Class Hero by Alice Walker

My brothers knewThe things you know.I did not scornlearning them;It’s just my mindWas busy being trainedFor “Other Things”:Poetry, Philosophy, Literature.Survival, for a girl.But ...

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You Want To Grow Old Like The Carters by Alice Walker

You Want To Grow Old Like The Carters by Alice Walker

Let other leadersRetireTo play golf& writeMemoirsAbout bombingVillagesThey've never seen.Growing oldPresents a perilThey may notExpect.It is to loseOne's soulIn trivia& ...

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The Ways Of Water by Alice Walker

The Ways Of Water by Alice Walker

With your unknownto meOdd magicYou cameTo me:Your truckBackfiringAs if sendingOutRocketsTo theStarsYou cameInSo gracefullyRocketsSilencedBehind you &SetTo workAs if nothingBrought ...

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Knowing You Might Some Day Come by Alice Walker

Knowing You Might Some Day Come by Alice Walker

Knowing you might some day comeand how unprepared I’ve alwaysbeenlike Mr. Sloppyin Charles Dickens’our Mutual FriendI made a list:not meat, vegetables, beer and puddingbut number ...

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When You Thought Me Poor by Alice Walker

When You Thought Me Poor by Alice Walker

When you thought me poor,my poverty was shaming.When blackness was unwelcomewe found it bestthat I stay home.When by the miracleof fierce dreaming and hard workLife fulfilled our ...

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Turning Madness Into Flowers #1 by Alice Walker

Turning Madness Into Flowers #1 by Alice Walker

If my sorrow were deeperI'd be, along with you, underthe ocean's floor; but today I learn that the oilthat pools beneath the ocean flooris essenceresidueremainsof all ...

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From: Poems To My Girls by Alice Walker

From: Poems To My Girls by Alice Walker

IHow can Humanitylook the deerinthe face? How can Mommy,having erectedmy fence?

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If I Was President by Alice Walker

If I Was President by Alice Walker

If I was PresidentThe first thing I would dois call Mumia Abu-Jamal.No,if I was presidentthe first thing I would dois call Leonard Peltier.No,if I was presidentthe first person I ...

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The Tree Of Life Has Fallen by Alice Walker

The Tree Of Life Has Fallen by Alice Walker

The tree of lifehas fallen on my small house.I thought it was so much bigger! But it is not.There in the distance I see the mountainsstill.The view of vast water stretching before ...

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Our Martyr by Alice Walker

Our Martyr by Alice Walker

When the peoplehave won a victorywhether smallor largedo you ever wonderat that momentwhere the martyrsmight be? They who sacrificedthemselvesto bring to lifesomething ...

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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 by Alice Walker

Don’t be like those who ask for everything:praise, a blurb, a free ride in my rentedlimousine. They ask for everything but never offeranything in return.Be like those who can see ...

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To Change The World Enough by Alice Walker

To Change The World Enough by Alice Walker

To change the world enoughyou must cease to be afraidof the poor.We experience your fear as the least pardonable ofhumiliations; in the pastit has sent us scurrying offdaunted and ...

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What Makes The Dalai Lama Lovable? by Alice Walker

What Makes The Dalai Lama Lovable? by Alice Walker

His postureFrom so many yearsHolding his robe with one handIs odd.His gaitAlso.One's own bodyAchesWitnessingThe slopingShoulders& AngledNeck; One hopesHeAttendsYoga classOr does ...

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Going Out To The Garden by Alice Walker

Going Out To The Garden by Alice Walker

Going out to the gardenthis morningto plant seedsfor my winter greens-the strong, fiery mustard& the milderbroadleaf turnip-I saw a geckowholike the rest of ushas beenreelingfrom ...

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