Now you know the worstby Wendell Berry
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(To my granddaughters who visited the Holocaust Museum on the day of the burial of Yitzhak Rabin)
Now you know the worst we humans have to know about ourselves, and I am sorry,
for I know that you will be afraid.
To those of our bodies given
without pity to be burned, I know
there is no answer
but loving one another,
even our enemies, and this is hard.
when a man of war becomes a man of peace,
he gives a light, divine
though it is also human.
When a man of peace is killed
by a man of war, he gives a light.
You do not have to walk in darkness.
If you will have the courage for love,
you may walk in light. It will be
the light of those who have suffered
for peace. It will be
|-- from Ten Poems for Difficult Times, Edited by Roger Housden|
|The Collected Poems of Wendell Berry, 1957-1982||Given: Poems||Selected Poems of Wendell Berry||A Timbered Choir: The Sabbath Poems 1979-1997||The Mad Farmer Poems|
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