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The New Dark Ages

©2015  by Alice Walker

for M

As we slip into the new Dark Ages
you become more dear to me.
Your face, your smile
that carefully trimmed
never to turn gray hair.

We may not emerge from this darkness
in my lifetime.

And yet, I think of you
so often smiling,
or laughing outright;
your sturdy frame gallant
and ready… Continue reading

 

Is Celie Actually Ugly?

©2015 by Alice Walker

for Cynthia Erivo

Is Celie actually ugly?
Asks the charismatic star playing her
on Broadway.
How many times over the years
I have explained
this.
Celie and her “prettier” sister Nettie
are practically identical.
They might be twins.
But Life has forced on Celie
all the hardships
Nettie mostly avoids: a hazy anxiety surrounding
the lynching… 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

Alice Walkers poem Loadstar image of white feather against black background

 Lodestar

©2015 by Alice Walker

Here is what I believe
Will be the hardest thing
To do:
To remember
That we have
A soul.
It is so quiet
The soul
And weighs
Almost nothing.
It might flash
Across
Our dullest days
Only once or twice
In a lifetime.
That it is there:
Just the certainty
Of knowing
Must be
Our lodestar.

ESTRELLA POLAR

He… Continue reading

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The Universal Virgen de Humanidad
by Alvaro Chavarin

Ancestors Never Sleep 
© 2015 by Alice Walker

Ancestors never sleep
And always seem to know
What they’re doing.
How is this possible?
I ask myself.
Sometimes I am weary
Enough to expire -
What a relief
I will think.  No more obsessing
About this madness;
Whatever it might be
This year, or even this… Continue reading

Especially To The Toddlers of Iran ( And Other Countries )

And Those Just Learning To Ride Bikes

©2015 by Alice Walker

It is the Wellbeing
Of your country
So far
Away
I may
Only have
Been there
In
My dreams
That
Lets
Me
Sleep
At
Night.

 

ESPECIALMENTE PARA LOS NIÑOS PEQUEÑOS DE IRÁN
(Y OTROS PAÍSES)
Y A ESOS QUE AHORA APRENDEN A… Continue reading

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Alice Walker, Gloria Steinem, Eve Ensler Support the Iran Nuclear Deal 2015 August

Especially To The Toddlers of Iran ( And Other Countries )

And Those Just Learning To Ride Bikes

©2015 by Alice Walker

It is the Wellbeing
Of your country
So far
Away
I may
Only have
Been there
In
My dreams
That
Lets
Me
Sleep
At
Night.

 

Code Pink Action Page: WOMEN SUPPORT THE IRAN NUCLEAR DEAL

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ESPECIALMENTE PARA LOS NIÑOS… Continue reading

The Future Captured In A Heartless Fist

David Birkett posted this Video “Make Up Your Own Mind…”

The Future Captured In A Heartless Fist

©2015 by Alice Walker

Somehow it is left to us
This most hopeful of generations
To bear
The unbearable.
We do not need to have given birth
To the children
Who are being destroyed
To know they are our children
Not… Continue reading

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