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World Poetry Day

I have a favorite poem, do you?

This poem has brought me back from many a ledge since I first read it at the tender, and dramatic, age of thirteen.

It is my "I'm a nerd, so what?" anthem.
It is my "I'm low-vision, so what? anthem.
It is my "I'm queer, so what?" anthem.

It is my "I'm not perfect but at least I'm me" anthem, and I want to share it with you all today.

Be Nobody's Darling


Alice Walker :

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
(Uncool)
Or line the crowded
River beds
With other impetuous
Fools.

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

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


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