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En EspañolLarge old green tree in field of flowers photo on Alice Walkers Garden

 

“Nigger”

In the Language of Love
(Turning a poison into medicine)

©2017 by Alice Walker

 

For all those who remind us how this works.
 
Pretty soon we might all be niggers -
A just karma is beginning to
snow down upon us.
Maybe you will be happier then:
to find you can indeed
live on your knees
and sometimes create… Continue reading

En español
Sobonfu Somé Alice Walker Garden

Sobonfu Somé

You left us on the day women all over the world
Are rising.
Well, you rose too, sweetest
Of sisters.
You rose and I can see you smiling
As you returned to the village
Of Dano.
The ancestors
Who, as they are wont to do,
Asked far too much of you,
Are there to receive you.
I hope they are!
For… Continue reading

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Womens March Poster picked by Alice Walker

PRAYER TO THE GREAT AWARENESS

Copyright 2017 by Alice Walker

January 21, 2017

(For the awakening.)

I do not doubt that you are there
and that I am also, in some future
past time;
and that together
we are enjoying it all.
And so I thank you,
Great Awareness
in which I also live,
for Calla Lillies
and Birds
and Hollyhocks… Continue reading

December 9, 2016

El poema, UN BUEN DÍA PARA MORIR, en Español

Clouds in Northern California taken by Alice Walker called Like a Dragon 2016

 

A Good Day To Die

Copyright © 2016 by Alice Walker

the inner Standing Rock

There comes a time in life
when we realize it is okay to die.
Right now, like this, in this moment.
It is not suicidal this thought
but comes rather from a sense
of … Continue reading

Loving Oakland
Copyright © 2016 by Alice Walker

If gentrifiers do not despoil it
which means getting rid of poor
and black and people of color
people
Oakland can be what it has been
for a long time:  an urban Paradise.

It is a place where
the young blonde woman
crossing the street in front of your car
would look like a threat
to… Continue reading

The Pope and Fidel Castro 2015 Alice Walker AliceWalkersGarden.org

Imagine

©2015 by Alice Walker

We can only imagine
What these two-
Francis and Fidel-
Really had to say
To each other.
The Pope wondering
Who really is the Holy Father here,
Since everything he’s
Preaching as holy
Fidel has already
Fulfilled.
Fidel
Seeing humor
In the Argentine’s unmistakable
Italian roots
And thinking pointedly
But not saying
Politely,
Like the good Jesuit
And Revolutionary he… Continue reading

Let us eat tanks

Refugees

©2015 by Alice Walker

They would not be running to us
If we were not chasing them
With the guns and bombs and rockets we sold
To crazy people:
Out of their houses
Out of their schools
Out of their mosques,
Churches,
Synagogues
Away from their favorite
Prayer trees.
You are guilty America
Of arming the world:
If you could,… Continue reading

The world Rising poem by Alice Walker Sunrise image

The world Rising

©2015 by Alice Walker

The world rising
Can put an end
To anything:
The murder of children
Whales
Elephants
Forests
Oceans.
Get up.  Roll over
On that part
Of you
That will not
Welcome
Recognize
Encourage
Or even see
Our rise.
A compassionate roll:
We must be done
With cruelty
Especially to ourselves,
To start again
Beaming like the sun;
Fresh.… Continue reading

Julian Bond 1963 Alice Walker - AliceWalkersGarden.com

Julian Bond 1940-2015

Julian

The first time I sang
We Shall Overcome
Was in a circle
On the lawn of Trevor Arnett Library
At Atlanta University
And by chance
I was holding
Your hand.
We were all so young,
Julian,
And so hopeful
In our solidarity.
I stumbled over some of the words
In the new to me
Song
But you sang solemnly,
Correctly,
Devoutly,… Continue reading

WHAT DOES THE AWAKENED PERSON DO?

A small prayer circle forms nearby where police are responding to a shooting at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston

photo by AP/David Goldman or Reuters/Randall Hill (!)

 

THE CIRCLE
©2015 by Alice Walker

I myself do not believe

In political parties
Comprised, generally, in my experience, of so
Many who
Are not awake.  Still, all options must be
Presented by those who care.

An unbalanced wakefulness

Can be as treasonous
As blind sleep.… Continue reading

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