Alice Walker

(9 February 1944 - / Eatonton Georgia)

Torture - Poem by Alice Walker

When they torture your mother
plant a tree
When they torture your father
plant a tree
When they torture your brother
and your sister
plant a tree
When they assassinate
your leaders
and lovers
plant a tree
Whey they torture you
too bad
to talk
plant a tree.
When they begin to torture
the trees
and cut down the forest
they have made
start another.

Comments about Torture by Alice Walker

  • Alice Xavier Richtofen (9/7/2016 1:15:00 AM)

    You are very talented... I love the message of this poem. (Report) Reply

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  • Alice Xavier Richtofen (9/7/2016 1:13:00 AM)

    I love this! You are very talented! ~ Alice X. R. (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/1/2016 10:20:00 PM)

    When they begin to torture
    the trees
    and cut down the forest
    they have made
    start another.
    Beautiful message in the poem.
    Thanks for the sharing of this lovely poem.
    10 for it.
    (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (9/1/2016 4:44:00 PM)

    A must read. The juxtaposition between mindless violence and rebuilding, between rage and wisdom, between death and affirmation of life.... between no and yes. Plant a seed... maybe of love, maybe of justice, maybe a tree.. but plant and nourish and grow. (Report) Reply

  • Mizzy ........ (9/1/2016 2:27:00 PM)

    Love the message Alice......never end, only begin! 👍 (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (9/1/2016 12:59:00 PM)

    Though, one may not fully agree to this kind of a retaliation to combat the excesses committed by enemies- known or unknown- but the poem seeks to persist in your endeavour through non-violent means that are environment friendly. Thanks. (Report) Reply

  • Anzelyne Shideshe (9/1/2016 11:27:00 AM)

    This is Great.Never Give up for every obstacle is
    A reason to restrategies! Alluta continua
    (Report) Reply

  • (9/1/2016 11:11:00 AM)

    A great poem with a great message that is be preservation of nature and natural habitat. Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (9/1/2016 9:55:00 AM)

    This is nice poem. But how can planting a tree will free oneself from getting tortured. Other options are available like tit for tat or forgiving the sinners to counter torture. But planting a tree is the most sacred deed as now as forest s are getting vanished due to greed of humans. Nice drop. (Report) Reply

  • Pranab K Chakraborty (9/1/2016 2:44:00 AM)

    Planting trees perhaps couldn't be the remedy or resisting doctrine against torture. It listens nice but not logical. Our recent civilization stands by ruining trees. And we should think of another human society less by torture for human not for the forests and wilds only. I'll never prefer to plant tree against torture, better try to think the return as at least Jesus did by forgiving the criminals with a pleasing smile which could kill a person mentally to its extreme death..................The poem listens nice and feel the poet intelligent not by telling lie. (Report) Reply

  • (9/1/2016 2:23:00 AM)

    A fine poem from a great writer of one of my favourite novels. Never give up. (Report) Reply

  • (9/1/2016 1:53:00 AM)

    'you' will outlast 'they' in this scenario (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (9/1/2016 1:38:00 AM)

    To be bold and strong! ! No matter what comes your way. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • (1/25/2016 7:37:00 PM)

    I have a forest in me
    and they can't torture
    it...they'll be tortured
    seeing me survive and
    (Report) Reply

  • (8/2/2015 2:03:00 AM)

    nice piece (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, March 16, 2012

Poem Edited: Friday, March 16, 2012

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