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Thursday, May 3, 2012

Words for you...

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 
Or line the crowded 
River beds 
With other impetuous 

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

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

~Alice Walker

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