Alice Walker – Pulitzer Prize winner author, advocate for freedom, poet and blogger – has been part of our moral consciousness since the early 1980s and publicly engaged in activism since the early 1960s, inspired by a meeting with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In her bio, Walker reflects on a 2008 trip to Gaza: “Going to Gaza was our opportunity to remind the people of Gaza and ourselves that we belong to the same world: the world where grief is not only acknowledged, but shared; where we see injustice and call it by its name; where we see suffering and know the one who stands and sees is also harmed, but not nearly so much as the one who stands and sees and says and does nothing.”
Enjoy these poems from Walker’s 2010 collection of poems, Hard Times Require Furious Dancing.
her teacher –
who loved her:
You have one
I Know My Duty to Life (Excerpt)
I was not
Once a Goddess;
& scanty praise
Love, if it is love, never goes away.
It is embedded in us,
like seams of gold in the Earth,
waiting for light,
waiting to be struck.