Enemies Poem by Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry

Henry County, Kentucky

Enemies

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If you are not to become a monster,
you must care what they think.
If you care what they think,

how will you not hate them,
and so become a monster
of the opposite kind? From where then

is love to come—love for your enemy
that is the way of liberty?
From forgiveness. Forgiven, they go

free of you, and you of them;
they are to you as sunlight
on a green branch. You must not

think of them again, except
as monsters like yourself,
pitiable because unforgiving.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
blake roger 15 October 2018

thus poem hit me deep in the kidney

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Dutendra Chamling 22 November 2015

very wonderful poem..........!

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Wendell Berry

Henry County, Kentucky
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