Love Song for Alex, 1979

By Margaret Walker 1915–1998 Margaret Walker
My monkey-wrench man is my sweet patootie;
the lover of my life, my youth and age.
My heart belongs to him and to him only;
the children of my flesh are his and bear his rage
Now grown to years advancing through the dozens
the honeyed kiss, the lips of wine and fire
fade blissfully into the distant years of yonder
but all my days of Happiness and wonder
are cradled in his arms and eyes entire.
They carry us under the waters of the world
out past the starposts of a distant planet
And creeping through the seaweed of the ocean
they tangle us with ropes and yarn of memories
where we have been together, you and I.

Margaret Walker, “Love Song for Alex, 1979” from This is My Century: New and Collected Poems. Copyright © 1989 by Margaret Walker.  Reprinted by permission of  University of Georgia Press.

Source: This is My Century: New and Collected Poems (University of Georgia Press, 1989)

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Poet Margaret Walker 1915–1998

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

Subjects Living, Marriage & Companionship, Relationships, Love, Family & Ancestors, Romantic Love, Desire, Realistic & Complicated

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 Margaret  Walker

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When For My People by Margaret Walker won the Yale Series of Younger Poets Award in 1942, "she became one of the youngest Black writers ever to have published a volume of poetry in this century," as well as "the first Black woman in American literary history to be so honored in a prestigious national competition," noted Richard K. Barksdale in Black American Poets between Worlds, 1940-1960. Walker's first novel, Jubilee, is . . .

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SUBJECT Living, Marriage & Companionship, Relationships, Love, Family & Ancestors, Romantic Love, Desire, Realistic & Complicated

POET’S REGION U.S., Southern

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