We Alone – Alice Walker Poem Lamenting Gold Worship

This gentle poem speaks of the failures of greed and the unnecessary pursuit of riches, when all around are wonders that are free. Alice Walker must have been something of a hippy.

We Alone

We alone can devalue gold

by not caring

if it falls or rises

in the marketplace.

Wherever there is gold there is a chain, you know,

and if your chain

is gold

so much the worse

for you.

Feathers, shells

and sea-shaped stones

are all as rare.

This could be our revolution:

to love what is plentiful

as much as

what’s scarce.

Alice Walker

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