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MIDEAST ISRAEL PALESTINIANS ALICE WALKER 

Alice Walker  (1944- present) is best known for writing the Color Purple in which she received a Pulzer Price award for in 1983, and was made into a Steven Spielberg movie starring Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg. Her works of poetry include Once (1968), Revolutionary Petunias and Other Poems (1973), Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful (1984) and Absolute Trust in the Goodness of the Earth: New Poems (2003).

  Expect Nothing
 
 
  Expect nothing. Live frugally
On surprise.
become a stranger
To need of pity
Or, if compassion be freely
Given out
Take only enough
Stop short of urge to plead
Then purge away the need.

Wish for nothing larger
Than your own small heart
Or greater than a star;
Tame wild disappointment
With caress unmoved and cold
Make of it a parka
For your soul.

Discover the reason why
So tiny human midget
Exists at all
So scared unwise
But expect nothing. Live frugally
On surprise.

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