25 January 2010

a woman is not a potted plant.

[a woman is not
a potted plant

her roots bound
to the confines
of her house

a woman is not
a potted plant
her leaves trimmed
to the contours
of her sex

a woman is not
a potted plant
her branches
espaliered
against the fences
of her race
her country
her mother
her man

her trained blossom
turning
this way
& that
to follow
the sun
of whoever feeds
and waters
her

a woman
is wilderness
unbounded
holding the future
between each breath
walking the earth
only because
she is free
and not creepervine
or tree.
nor even honeysuckle
or bee.]

-alice walker.

1 comments:

durga said...

What an exciting experience!/Hilarious! Delightful! True!/wonderful stuff! thank you!
Potted Plants

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