Treasure Island

Toi Derricotte

(April 12, 1941 / Hamtramck, Michigan)

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The Weakness


That time my grandmother dragged me
through the perfume aisles at Saks, she held me up
by my arm, hissing, "Stand up,"
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  • Karen Sinclair (1/18/2014 10:07:00 AM)

    this is amazing! seriously perceptive it has everything imagination of a child wrapped in an adult understanding, it shows depth pain and most emotions i could see so clearly i loved its raw honesty a beautiful piece, OUTSTANDING i love it! (Report) Reply

  • G.r. Melvin (1/19/2012 8:35:00 AM)

    Very nice (I liked yr Market piece, too)
    I just joined this wordy club, and to be honest, yours seems a rarer quality
    Thanx and Keep on (Report) Reply

  • Phyllis T. Halle (1/18/2012 7:21:00 PM)

    Dear Toi:
    More than I can tell you, I understand your poetry.
    I have expended a great deal of emotion and energy in an effort to forgive and to remember without resentment. I have succeeded in my effort and pray you have too!

    I love your sweet face
    I love your poem, The Weakness
    I love your name!
    From your new friend, Phyllis T. Halle (Report) Reply

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