Alice Walker

(9 February 1944 - / Eatonton Georgia)

Be Nobody's Darling - Poem by Alice Walker

Be nobody's darling;
Be an outcast.
Take the contradictions
Of your life
And wrap around
You like a shawl,
To parry stones
To keep you warm.
Watch the people succumb
To madness
With ample cheer;
Let them look askance at you
And you askance reply.
Be an outcast;
Be pleased to walk alone
Or line the crowded
River beds
With other impetuous

Make a merry gathering
On the bank
Where thousands perished
For brave hurt words
They said.

But be nobody's darling;
Be an outcast.
Qualified to live
Among your dead.

Comments about Be Nobody's Darling by Alice Walker

  • helen (2/28/2018 3:57:00 PM)

    wow that was really bad hhahaha just jokeing it amazing (Report)Reply

    Alice Walker(3/8/2019 8:03:00 AM)

    Thank you Helen.

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (1/25/2016 4:11:00 PM)

    I like her crusading spirit and her equally novel writing style. I do not totally agree with her here if she means to put one's self above all else. I do agree if she means to reach your own conclusions both before and after reading and listening to the views of others. I am, however, a fan of her poetry! (Report)Reply

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  • Terry CraddockTerry Craddock (4/6/2015 12:12:00 AM)

    As a self proclaimed self confessed self motivated outcast, contradictions in stones have bounced off my head lined rivers and filled oceans of tears shed in joy and pain, the lone wolf howling in the wilderness knows its place and purpose, we honour tides and rivers of the moon. (Report)Reply

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  • Leslie Philibert (4/5/2015 1:13:00 PM)

    Not impressive for me, but I know little about her other work. (Report)Reply

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  • Patricia GranthamPatricia Grantham (10/15/2014 7:13:00 AM)

    A very deep and moving write. Don't succumb to
    everything that comes your way. Be yourself. Good.

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  • Sreelekha Premjit (3/21/2012 7:40:00 AM)

    a wonderful assertion of the self, madam. Loved reading it. A self pat is one of my poems with a similar feel. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, March 16, 2012

Poem Edited: Friday, March 16, 2012

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