Post more comments

Alice Walker

(9 February 1944 - / Eatonton Georgia)

You Want To Grow Old Like The Carters


Let other leaders
Retire
To play golf
& write
Memoirs
About bombing
Villages
They've never seen.

Growing old
Presents a peril
They may not
Expect.

It is to lose
One's soul
In trivia
& irrelevance
The nerve
Endings
Blunted
By the constant
Pressure
Of moral
Indifference.

Growing old
A curse:
Not even
Generally speaking
Able
To relate
To whoever
Shares

Your house. Not the mansion
You inhabit
On the
Lovely stolen hill
Above the sea
Or the interior one:
The darkened
Desolate
Shack.

You want to grow old
Like
The Carters;
Curing blindness
&
Building houses
For
The Poor;

Making friends of those
Who believe
They must fight.

You want to grow old
Like
The Carters
Holding hands
With someone
You love
&
Riding bicycles
Leisurely
Where the ground
Is well known
& perfectly
Flat.

You want to find
And keep to the path
Laid down
Inside you
Such a long time
Ago.

You want to grow old
Like
The Carters:
Serene. Eyes
Twinkling
To be accused
Of
Not getting
It right.

Upfront, upright.
Speaking what to you is true.

A person rich in Mothers.
Beloved.

And:
Honoring what is black
In you.

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

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

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 (You Want To Grow Old Like The Carters by Alice Walker )

Enter the verification code :

There is no comment submitted by members..

Top Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  3. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  4. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  8. I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings
    Maya Angelou
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. Invictus
    William Ernest Henley

PoemHunter.com Updates

New Poems

  1. Choices, Perveiz Ali
  2. this is becoming a line at red box, Mandolyn Davidson
  3. A Daruman (He Is A Daruman, Sells Not, T.., Bijay Kant Dubey
  4. Source of Revenue and Allocation, Tirupathi Chandrupatla
  5. I do Love You, Dechen Doma Sherpa
  6. Outcomes of Resolutions, Tirupathi Chandrupatla
  7. Nico's Request, Aiyabells 002
  8. On a condition..., PARTHA SARATHI PAUL
  9. Milk, Nassy Fesharaki
  10. Falling Fowards, Metaphorically Speaking

Poem of the Day

poet Sara Teasdale

"Oh Day of Fire and Sun"
by Sara Teasdale

Oh day of fire and sun,
Pure as a naked flame,
Blue sea, blue sky and dun
Sands where he spoke my name;

Laughter and hearts so high
That the spirit flew off free,
...... Read complete »

 

Modern Poem

poet Henry Lawson

After All
by Henry Lawson

 

Member Poem

Rough Life
by Jacob Guinn

[Hata Bildir]