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"Be Nobody's Darling" by Alice Walker

Be nobody's darling;
Be an outcast.
Take the contradictions
Of your life
And wrap around you
Like a shawl,
To parry stones
To keep you warm.

Watch the people succumb
To madness
With ample cheer;
Let them look askance at you
And you askance reply.

Be an outcast;
Be pleased to walk alone
(Uncool)
Or line the crowded
River beds
With other impetuous
Fools.

Make a merry gathering
On the bank
Where thousands perished
For brave hurt words
They said.

But be nobody's darling;
Be an outcast.
Qualified to live
Among your dead.


From Amy Goodman's Static.
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