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Daily Dose: Wendell Berry

In The Journey on October 27, 2010 by scottsund

 

Loving the farmer/poet Wendell Berry lately.  Here is a poem from his work Sabbaths, a collection of Sunday morning poems written over the course of years.   Here is a man who loves God, loves his work as a farmer, and understands that Kingdom Living leaks through all of life.

I

I go among trees and sit still.
All my stirring becomes quiet
around me like circles on water.
My tasks lie in their places
where I left them, asleep like cattle.

The what is afraid of me comes
and lives a while in my sight.
What it fears in me leaves me,
and the fear of me leaves it.
It sings, and I hear its song.

Then what I am afraid of comes.
I lie for a while in its sight.
What I fear in it leaves it,
and the fear of it leaves me.
It sings, and I hear its song.

After days of labor,
mute in my consternations,
I hear my song at last,
and I sing it.  As we sing
the day turns, the trees move.

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