When I was a child, our home was full of broken things. A coffee cup was never discarded because it no longer possessed a handle. It simply was repurposed into a water glass. I didn't have much money to buy my mother a gift so when I got a chance to head into town to a second hand store I would take my change and search through all the chipped and cracked items never noticing their imperfections only that somewhere among them was the perfect gift for mama.
When I came upon Alice Walker's poem, I Will Keep Broken Things, it reached right into that little girl inside me. My family knew of my love for collecting broken things, but they didn't know the secret I kept that had broken me. Through her words I saw myself and the broken things in me that birthed my passion to write.
Here is an excerpt from Alice's poem:
In my house
You can read the entire poem here.
In my search for the poem I found a video of Alice Walker reading her poem.
I was not familiar with this poem -it is beautiful. The concept behind and the poem itself is beautiful. Thank you sooooo much for sharing this and a little of yourself.
Marvelous video, such detail combined with understatement for so much emotion. Huge "gifts" from time and place. Her "Color Purple" taught me how to understand God." "Thank you so much ... I will keep myself."
Oh, the "pilgrim of sorrow"! How magnificently she reads her simple, life-affirming words. And such an honour to see a performance of the woman who had "The Color Purple" inside her head.
Thank you for bringing us this poem today, Susie.
oooohhh Susie. so wonderful. "i will keep you." sigh.
Susie, such a beautiful post! The poem was new to me and now will stay in my mind. Alice Walker's reading was wonderful. Great start to my day!
Hope your broken foot is healing! :)
Love this...wonderful feature of Alice Walker, thank you, Susie!
What a beautiful and meaningful poem. I'd never read it before, so thank you for sharing it.
Thank you sharing Susie! I have always been enchanted with her words-I love this poem~
Hope you are resting! Take Care
I thoroughly enjoyed this..it reminds me of my childhood my parents scraped by so everything was used to the utmost....
Such a meaningful and beautiful words ~ Thank you Susie ~
Thanks everyone. I am so glad the poem has blessed so many. Alice Walker is one of my favorite writers.
I love this poem, Susie. I particularly like the final stanza in the complete poem:
"I will keep
I will keep
BEAUTIFUL, Susie. I am on a streak of reading Alice Walker (again) right now. She speaks right to my heart.
Beautiful poem, so touching. "I will keep myself" ... wow! Self-affirming, love it. Thanks for sharing, Susie. :)
Her voice! Her presence! What an honor this is. Thank you and I can see why you hold this poem dear.
Once again you have found me out. I have several broken items, some on my shelf and the others on the floor waiting for ...
My brother-in-laws, two, each broke one of my colored FireKing cups that I rescued from the auction of Mom's things. I had a set of eight, now it is seven with two white ones instead of one.
eBay can mend but it won't be fixed. Nor will those clutzes, still friends, ever be forgiven.
thanks for the share, Susie - I had forgotten her poetry.
I never thought about broken things, I would rather throw them away. I am not very attached to material things.
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