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.
Alice Walker & Me Posing Like We Do.