Alice Walker

(9 February 1944 - / Eatonton Georgia)

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
Fools.

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

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

Submitted: Friday, March 16, 2012
Edited: Friday, March 16, 2012

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  • Sreelekha Premjit (3/21/2012 7:40:00 AM)

    a wonderful assertion of the self, madam. Loved reading it. A self pat is one of my poems with a similar feel. (Report) Reply

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