The World Rising

©2017 by Alice Walker

 

 The world rising
Can put an end
To anything:
The murder of children
Whales
Elephants
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.
But a roll that shows
We’ve reached the end
Of polite moves
To repair and re-create the Earth,
And will press hard
On any parts of us
Even those we have loved,
That insist
On remaining
Oblivious
And
Asleep.

From Taking The Arrow Out of the Heart, poems. 2018 by Alice Walker

 

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