Toi Derricotte

(April 12, 1941 / Hamtramck, Michigan)

The Weakness Poem by Toi Derricotte


That time my grandmother dragged me
through the perfume aisles at Saks, she held me up
by my arm, hissing, "Stand up,"
........................
........................
read full text »



Comments about this poem (The Weakness by Toi Derricotte )

  • Gold Star - 12,043 Points Kim Barney (1/18/2015 7:02:00 PM)

    This poem reminds me, not of my grandmother, but of another lady in my small town when I was a child.
    Well written, and congratulations for having it selected as poem of the day for January 18 for the third time now! (Report) Reply

    1 person liked.
    1 person did not like.
  • Silver Star - 3,871 Points Douglas Scotney (1/18/2015 5:50:00 PM)

    thoughts about values (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,733 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (1/18/2015 1:35:00 AM)

    herskin, all the way down, to the transparent, genes confessing. nice (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 13,881 Points * Sunprincess * (1/18/2014 5:04:00 PM)

    ............fond memories of a grandmother...nice... (Report) Reply

  • Rookie - 182 Points Karen Sinclair (1/18/2014 10:07:00 AM)

    this is amazing! seriously perceptive it has everything imagination of a child wrapped in an adult understanding, it shows depth pain and most emotions i could see so clearly i loved its raw honesty a beautiful piece, OUTSTANDING i love it! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie G.r. Melvin (1/19/2012 8:35:00 AM)

    Very nice (I liked yr Market piece, too)
    I just joined this wordy club, and to be honest, yours seems a rarer quality
    Thanx and Keep on (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Phyllis T. Halle (1/18/2012 7:21:00 PM)

    Dear Toi:
    More than I can tell you, I understand your poetry.
    I have expended a great deal of emotion and energy in an effort to forgive and to remember without resentment. I have succeeded in my effort and pray you have too!

    I love your sweet face
    I love your poem, The Weakness
    I love your name!
    From your new friend, Phyllis T. Halle (Report) Reply

Famous Poems

  1. Phenomenal Woman
    Maya Angelou
  2. Still I Rise
    Maya Angelou
  3. The Road Not Taken
    Robert Frost
  4. If You Forget Me
    Pablo Neruda
  5. Dreams
    Langston Hughes
  6. Annabel Lee
    Edgar Allan Poe
  7. Caged Bird
    Maya Angelou
  8. If
    Rudyard Kipling
  9. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
    Robert Frost
  10. A Dream Within A Dream
    Edgar Allan Poe
Trending Poets
Trending Poems
  1. Still I Rise, Maya Angelou
  2. Daffodils, William Wordsworth
  3. The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
  4. Blackberry-Picking, Seamus Heaney
  5. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost
  6. If, Rudyard Kipling
  7. Chicago Zen, A. K. Ramanujan
  8. Invictus, William Ernest Henley
  9. The Sea, James Reeves
  10. If You Forget Me, Pablo Neruda
[Hata Bildir]