Torture Poem by Alice Walker


Rating: 3.4

When they torture your mother
plant a tree
When they torture your father
plant a tree
When they torture your brother
and your sister
plant a tree
When they assassinate
your leaders
and lovers
plant a tree
Whey they torture you
too bad
to talk
plant a tree.
When they begin to torture
the trees
and cut down the forest
they have made
start another.

Susan Williams 01 September 2016

A must read. The juxtaposition between mindless violence and rebuilding, between rage and wisdom, between death and affirmation of life.... between no and yes. Plant a seed... maybe of love, maybe of justice, maybe a tree.. but plant and nourish and grow.

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Dominic Windram 28 August 2019

I wholeheartedly agree with your perceptive comments Susan!

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Pranab K Chakraborty 01 September 2016

Planting trees perhaps couldn't be the remedy or resisting doctrine against torture. It listens nice but not logical. Our recent civilization stands by ruining trees. And we should think of another human society less by torture for human not for the forests and wilds only. I'll never prefer to plant tree against torture, better try to think the return as at least Jesus did by forgiving the criminals with a pleasing smile which could kill a person mentally to its extreme death..................The poem listens nice and feel the poet intelligent not by telling lie.

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Anzelyne Shideshe 01 September 2016

This is Great.Never Give up for every obstacle is A reason to restrategies! Alluta continua

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Mizzy ........ 01 September 2016

Love the message Alice......never end, only begin! 👍

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Shaya 30 July 2022

Who mentioned as they?

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Dr Antony Theodore 05 November 2020

When they torture your mother plant a tree When they torture your father plant a tree perseverance in the midst of adversity. tony

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Deepak Kumar Pattanayak 28 August 2020

A great message hidden inside for the present world of strife and violence that despite go on hoping with positive attitudes, brilliantly scripted 10++

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Khairul Ahsan 28 August 2020

A tree planted on every such occasion as mentioned in the poem, will stand as a witness in God's Court and bear testimony to the torture inflicted. This is my extended thought on this nice poem.

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L Milton Hankins 28 August 2020

This is such a remarkable, beautiful poem. It reminds us that no matter how we are cast down, we can build up, and when what we have built up is destroyed, we can begin to build anew.

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Alice Walker

Alice Walker

Eatonton Georgia
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