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Thu, 24.09.2009

BE NOBODY’S DARLING (for Julius Lester) by Alice Walker.

*Be nobody’s darling;
Be an outcast.
Take the contradictions
Of your life
And wrap around
You like a shawl,
To parry stones
To keep you warm.
Watch the people succumb
To madness
With ample cheer;
Let them look askance at you
And you askance reply.

Be an outcast;
Be pleased to walk alone
(Uncool)
or line the crowded
river beds
with other impetuous
Fools.

Make a merry gathering
O the bank
Where thousands perished
For brave hurt words
They said.

Be nobody’s darling;
Be an outcast.
Qualified to live
Among your dead……

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Thu, 24.09.2009

DID THIS HAPPEN TO YOUR MOTHER?DID YOUR SISTER THROW UP A LOT? by Alice Walker.

I love a man who is not worth my love. Did this happen to your mother?
Did your grandmother wake up for no good reason in the middle of the night?
I thought love could be controlled. It cannot.
Only behavior can be controlled. By biting your tongue purple rather than speak. Mauling your lips. Obliterating his number too thoroughly to be able to phone.
Love has made me sick.

Did your sister throw up a lot? Did your cousin complain of a painful knot in her back?

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