…love your crooked neighbor/With your crooked heart

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From “As I Walked Out One Evening,” by W.H. Auden.
Read the poem here. 

ON STAYING AND FIGHTING, AND FINDING STRENGTH IN POETRY – Garnette Cadogan- Literary Hub – 11/11/16

When considering, after the recent election, whether or not he should stay in America or move back to Jamaica, Garnette Cadogan writes:

I plan to stay put and fight. And fight how? By embracing, by invoking, by insisting on W.H. Auden’s suggestion: “You shall love your crooked neighbor / With your crooked heart.”

 

Cadogan also mentions Auden’s poem A Walk After Dark: 

But the stars burn on overhead,
Unconscious of final ends,
As I walk home to bed,
Asking what judgment waits
My person, all my friends,
And these United States.

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