Alice Walker

(9 February 1944 - / Eatonton Georgia)

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?
They who sacrificed
themselves
to bring to life
something unknown
though nonetheless more precious
than their blood.
I like to think of them
hovering over us
wherever we have gathered
to weep and to rejoice;
smiling and laughing,
actually slapping each other's palms
in glee.
Their blood has dried
and become rose petals.
What you feel brushing your cheek
is not only your tears
but these.
Martyrs never regret
what they have done
having done it.
Amazing too
they never frown.
It is all so mysterious
the way they remain
above us
beside us
within us;
how they beam
a human sunrise
and are so proud.

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

Do you like this poem?
0 person liked.
0 person did not like.

What do you think this poem is about?



Read this poem in other languages

This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.

I would like to translate this poem »

word flags

What do you think this poem is about?

Comments about this poem (Our Martyr by Alice Walker )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

New Poems

  1. Sentiment for a friend, Pamela Kewin
  2. A GASSY STORY, Philo Yan
  3. machine, Dr. Ramesh Chandra Mukhopadh ..
  4. Right Of Return, Arno Le Roux
  5. I Too Am A Dancer, Bijay Kant Dubey
  6. Pohela Boishakh [Bangla New Year], Md. Ziaul Haque
  7. Till We Meet Again, Arno Le Roux
  8. The CPI(M) District Secretary, Bijay Kant Dubey
  9. Being Humane!, Md. Ziaul Haque
  10. You Can Change The World With A Smile, Pushkar Bisht

Poem of the Day

poet John Clare

I love to see the old heath's withered brake
Mingle its crimpled leaves with furze and ling,
While the old heron from the lonely lake
Starts slow and flaps its melancholy wing,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Grace Paley

 

Trending Poems

  1. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  2. Emmonsail's Heath in Winter, John Clare
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
  5. Here, Grace Paley
  6. If, Rudyard Kipling
  7. On the Ning Nang Nong, Spike Milligan
  8. Fire and Ice, Robert Frost
  9. Living A Gift....., Garima Trivedi
  10. You Can Change The World With A Smile, Pushkar Bisht

Trending Poets

[Hata Bildir]