Alice Walker

(9 February 1944 - / Eatonton Georgia)

Alice Walker Poems

1. You Want To Grow Old Like The Carters 3/16/2012
2. Working Class Hero 3/16/2012
3. When You Thought Me Poor 3/16/2012
4. The Ways Of Water 3/16/2012
5. Word Reaches Us 3/16/2012
6. Turning Madness Into Flowers #1 3/16/2012
7. The Tree Of Life Has Fallen 3/16/2012
8. What It Feels Like 3/16/2012
9. From: Poems To My Girls 3/16/2012
10. Don’t Be Like Those Who Ask For Everything 3/16/2012
11. Before I Leave The Stage 3/16/2012
12. Knowing You Might Some Day Come 3/16/2012
13. If I Was President 3/16/2012
14. When You See Water 3/16/2012
15. To Change The World Enough 3/16/2012
16. What Makes The Dalai Lama Lovable? 3/16/2012
17. Torture 3/16/2012
18. Going Out To The Garden 3/16/2012
19. Our Martyr 3/16/2012
20. Remember 3/16/2012
21. A Picture Story For The Curious 3/16/2012
22. She 3/16/2012
23. Desire 3/16/2012
24. Blessed Are The Poor In Spirit 3/16/2012
25. Be Nobody's Darling 3/16/2012
26. I Will Keep Broken Things 3/16/2012
27. Expect Nothing 1/13/2003
Best Poem of Alice Walker

Expect Nothing

Expect nothing. Live frugally
On surprise.
become a stranger
To need of pity
Or, if compassion be freely
Given out
Take only enough
Stop short of urge to plead
Then purge away the need.

Wish for nothing larger
Than your own small heart
Or greater than a star;
Tame wild disappointment
With caress unmoved and cold
Make of it a parka
For your soul.

Discover the reason why
So tiny human midget
Exists at all
So scared unwise
But expect nothing. Live frugally
On surprise.

Read the full of Expect Nothing


My desire
is always the same; wherever Life
deposits me:
I want to stick my toe
& soon my whole body
into the water.
I want to shake out a fat broom
& sweep dried leaves
bruised blossoms

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