I’ve reached a point in life where it would be easy to let down my guard and write simple imagistic poems. But I don’t want to write poems that aren’t necessary. I want to write poems that matter, that have an interesting point of view.
Stone walls do not a prison make, nor iron bars a cage.
A nation that does not stand for its children does not stand for anything and will not stand tall in the future.
Writing is my salvation. If I didn’t write, what would I do?
Learn to be quiet enough to hear the genuine within yourself so that you can hear it in others.
Unless children have strong education and strong families and strong communities and decent housing, it’s not enough to go sit in at a lunch counter.
In every seed of good there is always a piece of bad.
You really can change the world if you care enough.
I don’t think I’ve ever felt terribly comfortable writing about my body. First of all, I think I took my body for granted for so many years. I abused it a lot.
Service is the rent we pay for being. It is the very purpose of life, and not something you do in your spare time.