Quotation by Naomi Long Madgett

Curse of the orchard,
Blemish on the land's fair countenance,
I have grown strong for strength denied, for struggle
In hostile woods. I keep alive by being the troublesome,
Stinkweed of truth.
Naomi Long Madgett (b. 1923), African American poet. "Tree of Heaven," lines 13-18 (1970).

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