Monthly Archives: February 2011

©2011 by Alice Walker

My desire
is always the same; wherever Life
deposits me:
I want to stick my toe
& soon my whole body
into the water.
I want to shake out a fat broom
& sweep dried leaves
bruised blossoms
dead insects
& dust.
I want to grow
It seems impossible that desire
can sometimes transform into devotion;
but this has… Continue reading

Ancestors of here

Ending The Age of Waste

©2011 by Alice Walker

The most important thing humanity can do is believe in itself.  That we can grow, that we can change, and that we can rouse ourselves to exhibit gratitude – by respecting her limits – to the only planet Mother we have ever known. -AW

Until I was a teenager I had no… Continue reading

Bicycle dress guard by Simeli Ananda

What Do I Get For Getting Old?

A Picture Story
For The Curious
©2011 by Alice Walker

(You supply the pictures.)

I get to meditate
in a chair
Or against the wall
with my legs
stretched out: 
(or even in bed!)

I get to see
maybe half
of what I’m looking at. 
(This changes everything!)

I get… Continue reading


Christ.  Compassionate  artist unknown

“Blessed are the poor in spirit (for theirs is the kingdom of heaven).”

©2011 by Alice Walker

Did you ever understand this?
If my spirit was poor, how could I enter heaven?
Was I depressed?
Understanding editing,
I see how a comma, removed or inserted
with careful plan,
can change everything.
I was reminded of this… Continue reading

Photo by Laura Balandran 2008

Photo by Laura Balandran 2008

©2011 by Alice Walker

The tree of life
has fallen on my small house.
I thought it was so much bigger!
But it is not.
There in the distance I see the mountains
The view of vast water stretching before me
is superb.
My boat is grand and I still command the captain
of it; not having learned myself… Continue reading

To change the world enough
you must cease to be afraid
of the poor.
We experience your fear as the least pardonable of
humiliations; in the past
it has sent us scurrying off
daunted and ashamed
into the shadows.
the world ending
the only one all of us have known
we seek the same
fresh light
you do:
the same high place
and ample… Continue reading

Marley Mu, during her last summer.  Photo by Vaschelle Andre

Free Dogs and the Albany Bulb Waterfront Park
©2011 by Alice Walker

A Dog’s Purpose, a novel for humans by W. Bruce Cameron is an amazing book.  I just listened to it on audio and laughed and smiled and cried right through it.  The narrator, George K. Wilson, is so good… Continue reading

Our Martyrs

©2011 by Alice Walker

When the people
have won a victory
whether small
or large
do you ever wonder
at that moment
where the martyrs
might be?
They who sacrificed
to bring to life
something unknown
though nonetheless more precious
than their blood.
I like to think of them
hovering over us
wherever we have gathered
to weep and to rejoice;
smiling… Continue reading

Alice Walker and Nawal El -Saadawi, Amsterdam, 1990s

An Open Letter to Nawal El- Saadawi

©2011 by Alice Walker

Dear Nawal El- Saadawi,

Remember when we met in Amsterdam many years ago?  I was ecstatic to meet you because at last I would be talking with an African woman, a doctor, about the troubling practice of female genital mutilation occurring over much of the… Continue reading