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By Wendell Berry
Jan. 27, 2013 11:10 a.m.

In the spirit of today, 27 January, International Holocaust Remembrance Day 

once again I post this by Wendell Berry.
Simply given as ‘V’ from 1995 in his collection ‘A Timbered Choir, The Sabbath Poems 1979-1997′

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.
But remember:

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 the light. It will be
the light of those who have suffered

for peace. It will be

your light.

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