Sunday, August 2, 2009

Spite, resentment, horror


Hatred is wise beyond its years.
Hatred is intent, clever, and patient,

sophisticated and implacable.
When hatred enters the garden

it consumes every rose and cabbage,
every ear of corn, every hollyhock.

Hatred is diligent, it is cellular,
it is replicable. If we cut off

hatred's head, ten new murders
grow from the pod of its head.

And now abideth hatred, invidia,
and Schrecklichkeit, ripening black fruit

for the bounty of empire's orchard,
and the chiefest of these is hatred.

~ Donald Hall


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