Toi Derricotte

(April 12, 1941 / Hamtramck, Michigan)

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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Comments about this poem (The Weakness by Toi Derricotte )

  • Gold Star - 11,775 Points Kim Barney (1/18/2015 7:02:00 PM)

    This poem reminds me, not of my grandmother, but of another lady in my small town when I was a child.
    Well written, and congratulations for having it selected as poem of the day for January 18 for the third time now! (Report) Reply

    1 person liked.
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  • Silver Star - 3,850 Points Douglas Scotney (1/18/2015 5:50:00 PM)

    thoughts about values (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,733 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (1/18/2015 1:35:00 AM)

    herskin, all the way down, to the transparent, genes confessing. nice (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,873 Points * Sunprincess * (1/18/2014 5:04:00 PM)

    ............fond memories of a grandmother...nice... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 182 Points 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

  • Rookie 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

  • Rookie 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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