I Will Keep Broken Things Poem by Alice Walker

I Will Keep Broken Things

Rating: 3.8


I will keep
Broken
Things:
The big clay
Pot
With raised
Iguanas
Chasing
Their
Tails;
Two
Of their
Wise

Heads
Sheared
Off;

I will keep
Broken
things:
The old
Slave
Market
Basket
Brought
To my
Door

By Mississippi
A jagged
Hole
Gouged
In its sturdy
Dark
Oak
Side.

I will keep
Broken
things:
The memory
Of
Those
Long
Delicious
Night
Swims
With
You;

I will keep
Broken
things:
In my house
There
Remains
An

Honored
Shelf
On which
I will
Keep
Broken
Things.

Their beauty
Is
They
Need
Not
Ever
Be
'fixed.'

I will keep
Your
Wild
Free
Laughter
Though
It is now
Missing
Its
Reassuring
And
Graceful
Hinge.

I will keep
Broken
Things:

Thank you
So much!

I will keep
Broken
Things.

I will keep
You:

Pilgrim
Of
Sorrow.

I will keep
Myself.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Apphia Grimonia 21 March 2012

great poem you wrote here..i like..

6 3 Reply
Kim Barney 01 May 2015

Great poem. There are some things that just don't need to be fixed, and this poem is one of them.

7 1 Reply
Manonton Dalan 25 January 2016

I keep myself a broken soul

4 1 Reply
Nika Mcguin 01 May 2015

Beautiful! Need anyone ever say more?

4 1 Reply
John Richter 01 May 2015

This poem is just intensely beautiful..... I have a new poet on my favorites list...... Though I know they lived more than a century apart - Alice reminds me so much of Phyllis Wheatley - another intensely great poet. Though their lives were steeped in such intense aggression, segregation, and just plain hatred, Phyllis never focused on that aspect of her life - she only focused on the beauty, the love in her heart, the things that were so dear to her. Nothing in this world has ever inspired me more than that. This poem by Alice seems to be in that same mindset, though I have many more of her poems to read...... I love this poem.

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Sara 29 September 2021

Love this one, very moving. The broken thing, the broken love, the broken poet... there's no need to fix it. Acceptance and treasuring of what is, is what it's about..

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Dr Antony Theodore 05 November 2020

I will keep Broken Things: The big clay Pot With raised Iguanas. Great idea.. you are being grateful to all that made you happy even when it is trivial. thank you for your goodness. tony

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Ratnakar Mandlik 14 July 2019

Preserving broken things as mementos of the most happy and memorable events and moments in one's life is a wonderful habit. Well deserved modern poem of the Day.

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Anil Kumar Panda 14 July 2019

This is very good poem indeed written in a sweet style. Enjoyed reading.

1 0 Reply

To keep broken things need a great broad heart. Thank you

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