Wendell Berry

(August 5, 1934 / Henry County, Kentucky)

A Warning To My Readers


Do not think me gentle
because I speak in praise
of gentleness, or elegant
because I honor the grace
that keeps this world. I am
a man crude as any,
gross of speech, intolerant,
stubborn, angry, full
of fits and furies. That I
may have spoken well
at times, is not natural.
A wonder is what it is.

Submitted: Friday, January 03, 2003

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