Alice Walker

(9 February 1944 - / Eatonton Georgia)

I Will Keep Broken Things - Poem by Alice Walker

I will keep
Broken
Things:
The big clay
Pot
With raised
Iguanas
Chasing
Their
Tails;
Two
Of their
Wise

Heads
Sheared
Off;

I will keep
Broken
things:
The old
Slave
Market
Basket
Brought
To my
Door

By Mississippi
A jagged
Hole
Gouged
In its sturdy
Dark
Oak
Side.

I will keep
Broken
things:
The memory
Of
Those
Long
Delicious
Nig ht
Swims
With
You;

I will keep
Broken
things:
In my house
There
Remains
An

Honored
Shelf
On which
I will
Keep
Broken
Things.

Their beauty
Is
They
Need
Not
Ever
Be
'fixed.'

I will keep
Your
Wild
Free
Laughter
Thoug h
It is now
Missing
Its
Reassuring
And
Gra ceful
Hinge.

I will keep
Broken
Things:

Thank you
So much!

I will keep
Broken
Things.

I will keep
You:

Pilgrim
Of
Sorrow.
< br>I will keep
Myself.


Comments about I Will Keep Broken Things by Alice Walker

  • Gold Star - 15,232 Points Kim Barney (5/1/2015 5:43:00 PM)

    Great poem. There are some things that just don't need to be fixed, and this poem is one of them. (Report) Reply

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  • Veteran Poet - 1,075 Points Nika Mcguin (5/1/2015 2:48:00 PM)

    Beautiful! Need anyone ever say more? (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 29,194 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (5/1/2015 9:47:00 AM)

    A great poem with human feelings expressed in a peculiar style. (Report) Reply

  • Silver Star - 3,678 Points John Richter (5/1/2015 7:15:00 AM)

    This poem is just intensely beautiful..... I have a new poet on my favorites list...... Though I know they lived more than a century apart - Alice reminds me so much of Phyllis Wheatley - another intensely great poet. Though their lives were steeped in such intense aggression, segregation, and just plain hatred, Phyllis never focused on that aspect of her life - she only focused on the beauty, the love in her heart, the things that were so dear to her. Nothing in this world has ever inspired me more than that. This poem by Alice seems to be in that same mindset, though I have many more of her poems to read...... I love this poem. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 349 Points Richard Blay (5/1/2015 4:58:00 AM)

    Some things are best left unfixed- emotions and all.
    Nice poem. Well done, Alice Walker (Report) Reply

  • Freshman - 665 Points Jeannette Heywood (5/1/2015 4:32:00 AM)

    Lovely poem. Great idea about some things not needing to be 'fixed'. They may be beautiful as they are, perhaps more beautiful. (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Apphia Grimonia (3/21/2012 9:10:00 PM)

    great poem you wrote here..i like.. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Friday, March 16, 2012

Poem Edited: Friday, March 16, 2012


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