Alice Walker

(9 February 1944 - / Eatonton Georgia)

Desire

Poem by Alice Walker

My desire
is always the same; wherever Life
deposits me:
I want to stick my toe
& soon my whole body
into the water.
I want to shake out a fat broom
& sweep dried leaves
bruised blossoms
dead insects
& dust.
I want to grow
something.
It seems impossible that desire
can sometimes transform into devotion;
but this has happened.
And that is how I've survived:
how the hole
I carefully tended
in the garden of my heart
grew a heart
to fill it.


Comments about Desire by Alice Walker

  • A B Faniki (7/28/2019 7:27:00 AM)

    Heartfelt and beautiful. Thanks for sharing(Report)Reply

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  • demarcus smith (1/31/2019 2:51:00 PM)

    good job on this poem(Report)Reply

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  • Lungelo S MbuyaziLungelo S Mbuyazi (7/1/2018 11:09:00 AM)

    Nice message brought out in this poem.(Report)Reply

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  • Savita TyagiSavita Tyagi (7/1/2018 8:37:00 AM)

    A desire to transform the world for better.....no devotion could be better than this.(Report)Reply

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  • Jeffrey (4/21/2018 1:24:00 PM)

    what is the pattern or ryhme scheme of this poem(Report)Reply

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  • Ratnakar Mandlik (1/25/2016 10:28:00 PM)

    Amazing desire beautifully penned and thought provoking too. Thanks for sharing.10 points.(Report)Reply

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  • Manonton Dalan (1/25/2016 6:51:00 PM)

    it is achievable desire... nice poem(Report)Reply

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  • Kim BarneyKim Barney (1/25/2016 6:05:00 PM)

    This poem is excellent! Why have 23 voters only given it a 6.9 out of ten rating? They should be ashamed.(Report)Reply

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  • Howard Savage (1/25/2016 5:28:00 PM)

    The profoundness of How the hole I carefully tended in the garden of my heart grew a heart to fill it. It is the hole where the first hert use to be. Simply Profound. #10(Report)Reply

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  • Pheko Motaung (1/25/2016 4:32:00 PM)

    Thank you for sharing this deep and profound poem.My soul has received the blesssed spiritual cleansing.Through your wise words.(Report)Reply

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (1/25/2016 3:16:00 PM)

    Beautiful- -beautiful- -beautiful. And wise, So very very very wise about how to go on with life when you have a hole in your heart.(Report)Reply

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  • Pranab K ChakrabortyPranab K Chakraborty (1/25/2016 10:43:00 AM)

    It seems impossible that desire
    can sometimes transform into devotion; .............................Yes, it's called wisdom.(Report)Reply

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  • David ColeDavid Cole (1/25/2016 9:32:00 AM)

    Wow! A. Walker cultivated and perfected a beautifully written poem. Thank you very much!(Report)Reply

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  • Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (1/25/2016 8:28:00 AM)

    A well written poem w It is beautifully told.(Report)Reply

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  • M Asim NehalM Asim Nehal (1/25/2016 7:26:00 AM)

    Wonderful write,
    I carefully tended
    in the garden of my heart
    grew a heart
    to fill it.(Report)Reply

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  • Gajanan MishraGajanan Mishra (1/25/2016 7:07:00 AM)

    I want to grow.. how the hole.. nice one(Report)Reply

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  • Anil Kumar PandaAnil Kumar Panda (1/25/2016 6:10:00 AM)

    Old should always give place to the new. Nicely composed.(Report)Reply

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  • Kenneth MaswabiKenneth Maswabi (1/25/2016 3:43:00 AM)

    A very well written poem...it is lovely and i like it. Thank you.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (1/25/2016 3:38:00 AM)

    To grow someting with the muse of love. Thanks for sharing.(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, March 16, 2012

Poem Edited: Friday, March 16, 2012