Friday, 26 October 2012

Day 126: Garden of the Heart


Alice Walker might be well known for her prose - most especially, her novel 'The Color Purple' - but she's also an accomplished poet. Her poetry, like her prose, is compassionate, affirming and ultimately redemptive.

Here's a taster. -


Desire - 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
something.
It seems impossible that desire
can sometimes transform into devotion;
but this has happened.
And that is how I've survived:
how the hole
I carefully tended
in the garden of my heart
grew a heart
to fill it.      


5 comments:

  1. Really love this one. Thanks for sharing.

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