Postcards from Paradise: Girl Power

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Be Nobody’s Darling

Be nobody’s darling;
Be an outcast.
Take the contradictions
Of your life
And wrap it around
You like 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.
Be nobody’s darling;
Be an outcast.
Be qualified to live
Among your dead.

~Alice Walker

~Thanks Sister~

 

For More Postcards from Paradise Please go to Rebecca’s Blog at recuerda mi corazon. You can visit all the other sisters there too and a few brothers who might have some postcard to share with you.

Comments

  1. Magical Mystical TeacherAugust 7, 2011 at 1:07 PM

    There's power here...great power...soul power...

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  2. You take us to visit so many places and people, even in my own back yard so to speak.  Heather's photography is certainly cool, whilst the words are powerful, thanks Noelle.

    Sue x

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  3. so striking...these powerful girls with the open horizon in their wide open eyes. 
    may everyone wake with such wonder and compulsion to move forward, ever forward, as these long striding girls.

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  4. Nice! I like the poem:)

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  5. I am glad my friend. Learn it, live it, love it!
    xo,
    Noelle

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  6. "Be nobody’s darling;Be an outcast.Be qualified to liveAmong your dead." 

    Noelle so beautiful and touching!! This looks like Saurashtra in India, Mahatma Gandhi's own land and my own garden of course!! He had given these people a very special name which in English translates as "God's own people" The picture of these brave hearts is so inspiring ~  March on even in the face of adversities!! You have worded the poem perfectly and His words of grace to them would be 'I love you my child and you stay close to me'. 

    xoxoxo 
    Nanka

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  7. Did you notice, Noelle?  The girl in the front, the leader, is dressed in blue.  All the girls, grouped behind her, are dressed in shades of orange and pinks.  She has a glint in her eye, a strut and a bearing.  She is clearly leading and her blue is like a uniform announcing her rank.

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  8. I am so very blessed to know you Nanka. I am off to bed now for tomorrow. I just read your response and it almost brought tears to my eyes thinking of Gandhi and these children. Goodnight dear.
    xoxoxo,
    Noelle

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  9. I did notice the color difference. that is an interesting insight, Anne. She is definitely the leader by her strut and bearing and the look in her eye, there is no mistaking that. She is the one to watch!
    xo,
    Noelle

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  10. Cheryl's Excellent AdventureAugust 9, 2011 at 5:32 PM

    Wonderful poem encouraging women to stand up for themselves. Alice Walker kicks ass.

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  11. She sure does. I love her!! Glad you liked it Cheryl :)
    xo,
    Noelle

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  12. wow Noelle!  Alice Walkers powerful words paired with this amazing image.

    sister power indeed!

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  13. Thanks Stephanie :).Keep on walkin' sister!
    xo,
    Noelle

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