Monday, February 13, 2006

BE nobody's DARLING

Tuned in to Democracy Now, tonight, and snagged the tail end of an interview with acclaimed author Alice Walker. What a Goddess! I think we Goddess followers (at least those of us trying to go beyond weaving flowers in our hair) could profit by listening to black women. Walker read her power-drenched poem "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
To keep you warm.

Watch the people succumb
To madness
With ample cheer;
Let them look askance at you
And you askance reply.

Be an outcast;
Be pleased to walk alone (Uncool)
Or line the crowded
River beds
With other impetuous

Make a merry gathering
On the bank
Where thousands perished
For brave hurt words
They said.

Be nobody's darling;
Be an outcast.
Qualified to live
Among your dead.


Anne Johnson said...

Now see? That's why I don't write poetry. I could never pen something that sublime.

The last stanza perfectly sums up my life.

I hope you feel fine soon!

Anonymous said...

i love this poem. it gives me so much strength.

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