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Art Show: Alice Walker Illustrated

Love What is Plentiful

by Melanie Pruitt

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Art: Love What is Plentiful by Artist Melanie Pruitt

I was inspired by Alice Walker's poem "We Alone". I set out to photograph some seashells I had gathered on Kauai. These little shells, though they varied in color and size, were plentiful, and yet, I could not keep myself from picking them up like they were nuggets of gold. Please read the Alice Walker poem below...

"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.

Written by Alice Walker


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