Alice Walker is such a prolific novelist and essayist, much like Toni Morrison, that I often forget that she writes poetry. As I’ve said before, in my opinion, Walker is the ultimate multi-hyphenate and I love and admire that. Someone shared this piece with me yesterday and I immediately knew that I wanted to post it here. I think that the beauty of someone who loves words and is talented in their use is that they are able to paint such beautiful, evocative pictures that it translates no matter what they write. Please enjoy the poem and the awesome pic that accompanies it which features Alice Walker, Toni Morrison, June Jordan and the late Rosalind Cash.
Here it is
the beauty that scares you
-so you believe-
For he is certainly gorgeous
and he is certainly where whiteness
to your disbelief
has not wandered off
No. It is there, tawny skin, gray eyes,
a Malcolm-esque jaw. His loyal parents
may Goddess bless them
sitting proud and happy and no doubt
at what they have done.
For he is black too. And obviously
with a soul
made of everything.
Try to think bigger than you ever have
or had courage enough to do:
that blackness is not where whiteness
wanders off to die: but that it is
like the dark matter
between stars and galaxies in
holds it all