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Alice Walker

Hard Times Require Furious Dancing

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Александрацитирует3 года назад
There is no
graceful
way
to
carry
hatred.
While
hidden
it is
everywhere.
Marisol Ruizцитирует3 месяца назад
&

so

we

lie

entwined

sun

on

our

eyes

knowing

our

heaven

&

sleeping

the

cat

between

us.
Marisol Ruizцитирует3 месяца назад
Alice loves me

and I am not blamed for this.

She knows —

& is weeping

even

in her sleep

while they laugh —

she knows

& keeps

the record

that

this

unspeakable

violation

of all of us

so briefly human

is happening

to me.
Marisol Ruizцитирует3 месяца назад
when you are

facing

your

final

eternal

moment

of

transformation;

whether by heat

or cold

uzi

or

machete

or “simple”

or complicated

by death

rape

or scorn;

your tears

causing

much amusement;

your efforts

to hide

your

shame

hilarious

to men

& boys

circling

your pain;

Remember

this —

say it

& know

it

is true:

Alice loves me
Marisol Ruizцитирует3 месяца назад
the driver said:

over there

& there

& there

& there

all mass graves

&

maybe Lorca*

in

one of them.
Marisol Ruizцитирует3 месяца назад
body;

loaded

down

with

firewood,

water

in leaking

plastic

jugs,

old clothes

from the

missionary

dump,

&

your

broken

heart;

pushing you

to slow

surrender

of

all you

were

&

are.

They have

a bad

track

record

of

mass graves.
Marisol Ruizцитирует3 месяца назад
I know

encountering

you

on

a deserted

road

they have

a tendency

to drive

their subsidized

jeeps

& armored

tanks

into

your defenseless
Marisol Ruizцитирует5 месяцев назад
in
the midnight
hour
reminds us
mostly
of a
wound
we are not
wise
enough
to forget.
Marisol Ruizцитирует5 месяцев назад
Carved
wood
or
stone
no matter its
well-kissed
perfection
or what beloved
teacher
it
represents
Marisol Ruizцитирует5 месяцев назад
an even
warmer
thigh.
Marisol Ruizцитирует5 месяцев назад
The Buddhas
you set
before yourselves
polished and
carved
with their painted eyes
and carmine
lips
not to mention
their
well-kissed
feet
Marisol Ruizцитирует5 месяцев назад
That warm leg
near
dawn
flung carelessly
over
Marisol Ruizцитирует5 месяцев назад
resemble more
and more
the women
& children
you left
behind.
Marisol Ruizцитирует5 месяцев назад
Encountering
you
I
struck
a
wall:
You
do not
even
seem
to know
that
you
are hiding
behind
it.
Marisol Ruizцитирует5 месяцев назад
Life
having
entered
you
looks
out
of your
eyes
at me:
Get me
out!
it
begs.
Marisol Ruizцитирует5 месяцев назад
And then
I saw:
You
are a
Marisol Ruizцитирует5 месяцев назад
consumer
of
life
&
inside
you
it lies
trapped.
It is
never
permitted
to
continue
its
journey:
You
hoard
it
as if
there really
is
Marisol Ruizцитирует5 месяцев назад
gave
it
freely
this life
that
pours
through
me
abundant.
Marisol Ruizцитирует5 месяцев назад
Who we really
are:
More perfect
for
our imperfections:
Unconditionally
& forever
loved
human beings.
Marisol Ruizцитирует5 месяцев назад
Loving humans
with all
our clear &
unmistakable
reluctance
to evolve
makes this hard
for most humans
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