Alice Walker

(9 February 1944 - / Eatonton Georgia)

Going Out To The Garden - Poem by Alice Walker

Going out to the garden
this morning
to plant seeds
for my winter greens
-the strong, fiery mustard
& the milder
broadleaf turnip-
I saw a gecko
like the rest of us
has been
from the heat.

Geckos like heat
I know this
but the heat
these last few days
has been excessive
for us
& for them.

A spray of water
from the hose
touched its skin:
I thought it would
run away.
There are crevices
to hide in:
the garden wall
is made of stones.

But no
not only
did the gecko
not run away
it appeared
to raise
its eyes
& head
looking for more.

I gave it.

Squirt after
of cooling
from the green
garden hose.

Is it the end
of the world?
It seemed to ask.
This bliss,
is it Paradise?

I bathed it
until we were both
washed clean
of the troubles
of this world
at least for this moment:
this moment of pleasure
of gecko
as I with so much happiness
played Goddess
to Gecko.

Comments about Going Out To The Garden by Alice Walker

  • (11/17/2018 10:11:00 PM)

    Fantastic poem. Nice work. (Report) Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (11/17/2018 9:38:00 AM)

    Loveliest poem I ever read from your hand, Alice. CONGRATULATIONS on being chosen as Modern Poem Of The Day, you most deserved. A 10 for the full Vote and myriads more This is such a sweetest entertaining poem I so admired. Thank you so much for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (11/17/2018 9:06:00 AM)

    Very nice poem. Cool spray of water is soothing to all during summer. Enjoyed the poem thoroughly. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Rose Marie Juan-austin (11/17/2018 6:01:00 AM)

    A.wonderful poem that conveys kindness.
    Beautifully crafted.
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (11/17/2018 5:35:00 AM)

    Until we were both washed clean! !

    To lean on the truth.

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • Adrian Flett (11/17/2018 2:55:00 AM)

    Gecko joy and the god-like water bearer. (Report) Reply

  • Petals Azureblue (11/17/2018 2:39:00 AM)

    What a beautifully painted picture of human to gecko hospitality! ! Enjoyed your poem Alice. Congrats for POD selection. (Report) Reply

  • (10/26/2018 3:56:00 PM)

    Lovely. It was wonderful. I almost cried. (Report) Reply

  • (1/25/2016 7:08:00 PM)

    there are times that it's
    really hot in the south but
    now it's on lower 30 degrees
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  • (5/1/2015 7:17:00 AM)

    Alice Walker, I think that I may very well be falling in love with you.... How beautiful your vision is...... (Report) Reply

  • (3/21/2012 7:39:00 AM)

    such a beautiful poem, truly an evidence to your beautiful mind. (Report) Reply

  • Martin O'Neill (3/16/2012 6:59:00 AM)

    This is just delightful. I could feel the gecko's pleasure from here and yours in return. A wonderful moment captured perfectly. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, March 16, 2012

Poem Edited: Friday, March 16, 2012

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