Margaret Walker

(1915 / Birmingham, Alabama / United States)

Margaret Walker Poems

1. The Struggle Staggers Us 2/15/2016
2. For My People 7/4/2015
3. Sorrow Home 5/4/2015
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Sorrow Home

My roots are deep in southern life; deeper than John Brown
or Nat Turner or Robert Lee. I was sired and weaned
in a tropic world. The palm tree and banana leaf,
mango and coconut, breadfruit and rubber trees know
me.

Warm skies and gulf blue streams are in my blood. I belong
with the smell of fresh pine, with the trail of coon, and
the spring growth of wild onion.

I am no hothouse bulb to be reared in steam-heated flats
with the music of El and subway in my ears, walled in
by steel and ...

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