WE ALONE: by ALICE WALKER

Alice Walker is an American Poet/Author. Born to slaves in Georgia she now resides in Northern California. She has said that  “My poems – even the happy ones – emerge from an accumulation of sadness, when she stands again in the sunlight.” After reading the poem below and others in the book, I read an article on Genetically Modified Foods. Between the two I moved on to create yesterday’s post. I do hope you enjoy her work and you can find much comfort and courage in her words. She has been recipient of an American Book Award, the Pulitzer Prize for her book THE COLOR PURPLE  which was later adapted into a film and a musical. For those unfamiliar with her work, I have posted one of her poems.

 

“The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”  –  Alice Walker

“We have to wake up. We have to refuse to be a clone.”  –  Alice Walker

“This is a wonderful planet, and it is being completely destroyed by people who have too much money and too much power and no empathy.”  –  Alice Walker

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WE ALONE

We alone can devalue gold
by not caring
if it rises
in the marketplace.
Wherever there is gold
there is a chain, you know,
and if your chain
is gold
so much the worse
for you.

Feathers, shells
and sea-shaped stones
are all as rare.

This could be our revolution:
To love what is plentiful
as much as
what’s scarce.

–  ALICE WALKER: HORSES MAKE A LANDSCAPE LOOK MORE BEAUTIFUL

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Bisous,

Léa

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A wanderer who has found home in the South of France.
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14 Responses to WE ALONE: by ALICE WALKER

  1. cindy knoke says:

    How profound! Happy Holidays dear Lea and the happiest and healthiest 2015!

  2. Beautiful poem Lea. Thanks for aharing. She is definitely on my 2015 essential buy list xxx

  3. Love her words Lea especially this

    “The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.” – Alice Walker

    Tis true
    Empathy is a a quality that is not used in the business of making money or gaining power.

    I ALSO strongly believe there will come a time when we pay for the things that have happened to our food. I look at the amount of food allergies for one.

    Great post Lea, one to get our minds ticking.

    • leamuse says:

      I do get a strong feeling that in due course her work shall grace your bookshelf. 🙂

      It is so true about our power. The cultures that many of us ‘live’ in do their best to squelch that power. Only by exerting it will we keep it and teach others to do the same.

      As for paying, we have been doing that for sometime. If you look around you it is becoming increasingly difficult to deny. Spend a few moments in a doctor’s office or in a hospital.

      Thanks again Kath you support means so very much.

  4. Polly says:

    She’s a wonderful writer, I’ve long admired her work – you do her justice, Léa x

  5. Mélanie says:

    @”ALICE WALKER: HORSES MAKE A LANDSCAPE LOOK MORE BEAUTIFUL” – I totally agree with AW… 🙂 I love cats and horses… ❤
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    mille merci pour tes voeux, joyeuse fin d'année et un excellent 2015, Léa… ❤ health, joy and lots of inspiration! amicales pensées et à+! 🙂 Mélanie

  6. claudia says:

    some really cool quotes by her… i haven’t read her book but think i would like to check it out…. and yes… loving what is plentiful as much as what is scarce is an art… and how quickly can gold really turn into a chain…
    happy new year to you lea

    • leamuse says:

      There are a number of books of poetry and prose out there by Alice Walker. I think you will enjoy at least some of her work. Yes, gold and many other things can put us in chains.

      Bonne année et bonne santé Claudia!

  7. beckarooney says:

    Thank you for sharing this Lea, there is so much wisdom in those words. Alice Walker is a fabulous writer, I remember reading her for the first time – it was like a light had been switched on in my mind. 🙂 xx

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