Alice Walker

(9 February 1944 - / Eatonton Georgia)


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

She is the one
who will tell the most

She is the one
who will surprise you
by knowing the difference
between turnips
and collard

& between biscuits
& scones.

She is the one who knows where
to take you
for dancing
or where the food
& the restaurant’s
are not
to be

She is the one
who is saintly.

She is the one
who reserves the right
to dress
like a slut.

She is the one
who takes you shopping;

She is the one
who knows where
the best clothes
are bought

She is the one
who warms your
with her fragrance;

the one who brings
music, magic & joy.

She is the one
the truth
from her heart.

She is the one at the bedside
wedding, funerals
or divorce
of all the best people
you dearly love.

She is the one
with courage.

She is the one
who speaks
her bright mind;

She is the one
who encourages young &
to do the same.

She is the one
on the picket line, at the barricade,
at the prison, in jail;

She is the one
who is there.

If they come for me
& I am at her house
I know
she will hide me.

If I tell her
where I have hidden
my heart
she will keep
my secret

She is the one
without hesitation
comes to my aid &
my defense.

She is the one
who believes
my side of the story

She is the one
whose heart
is open.

She is the one who loves.

She is the one who makes
the most compelling
because she is the one
who is irresistable
her own self.

She is our sister, our teacher, our friend:

Gloria Steinem.

Born 75 years ago
To your parents
& still

Happy Birthday, Beloved.
The grand feast
Of your noble Spirit
Has been
& is the cake
that nourishes

We thank you for your Beauty
& your Being.


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

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