I’m Really Very Fond — Alice Walker

June 7, 2012 § Leave a comment

I simply ADORE Daisy Goodwin‘s ‘101 Poems That Could Save Your Life’.

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.

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