Patriot

alice-walker.jpgI recently read a book title We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For by Alice Walker. Ms. Walker continually stretches to tackle subjects which rest heavy on the collective conscious. Her attention to these subjects and activism in creating awareness and change, keep her a strong, powerful, feminist voice in the wrestling of our demons…whether these demons deliver themselves through prejudice, tradition, suppression, subjugation, ignorance or fear. Ms. Walkers presentations emerge, creating ripples as she brings to the surface the discord of our dysfunctional systems; displayed through race, religion, gender and class. I appreciate and am thankful for her voice.

Below is a poem from We Are the Ones We Have Been Waiting For….

Patriot

If you
Want to show
Your love
For Americans
Love
Americans
Smile
When you see
One
Flowerlike
His
Turban
Rosepink.

Rejoice
At the
Eagle feather
In a grandfather’s
Braid.

If a sister
Bus rider’s hair
Is
Especially
Nappy,
A miracle
In itself,

Praise
It.

How can there be
Homeless
In a land
So crammed
With houses
&
Young children
Sold
As sex snacks
Causing our thoughts
To flinch &
Snag?

Love your country
By loving
Americans.

Love Americans.
Salute the Soul
& the Body
Of who we
Spectacularly
&
Sometimes
Pitifully are.

Love us. We are
The flag.

Alice Walker

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