I’m Really Very Fond — Alice Walker
June 7, 2012 § Leave a comment
This initially unseeming book is packed full of acerbic and sardonic observations, so is naturally an essential addition to any handbag I carry. Sufficeth to say the cover is tattered with numerous pages marked down and annotated. Here’s the first of many favourites – categorised under ‘Passing Fancies’.
I’m really very fond of you, he said.
I don’t like fond. It sounds like something you would tell a dog.
Give me love, or nothing.
Throw your fond in a pond, I said.
But what I felt for him was also warm, frisky, moist-mouthed, eager, and could swim away
if forced to do so
From ‘101 Poems That Could Save Your Life’, D. Goodwin (ed), 2003. Originally from ‘Horses Make a Landscape Look More Beautiful’ by Alice Walker, 1985.