The beautiful Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. I have such admiration for this woman.
Finally reading her work has been such a pleasure. By the time I finished reading Half of a Yellow Sun, I was a teary mess. It was such a gripping and compelling book. Americanah was such an incredibble read that I still find myself missing the book and its characters. Yesterday I finished reading Purple Hibiscus and I was not ready for it to end so soon, I wish there were more pages to read and to dwell in.
Because I am now obsessed with Adichie’s writing, I’m going to get myself a copy of The Thing Around Your Neck. I can’t wait! After that I’ll give other authors a chance.
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
With ample cheer;
Let them look askance at you
And you askance reply.
Be an outcast;
Be pleased to walk alone
Or line the crowded
With other impetuous
Make a merry gathering
On the bank
Where thousands perished
For brave hurt words
But be nobody’s darling;
Be an outcast.
Qualified to live
Among your dead.
Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;
Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,
And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.
I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.
I’m in love!
I have always believed that hope is that stubborn thing inside us that insists, despite all the evidence to the contrary, that something better awaits us so long as we have the courage to keep reaching, to keep working, to keep fighting.
I can’t wait to get a copy…..sooo excited about this issue!:)
Solange in this months LURVE MAGAZINE (2)