Wendell Berry -- The Wish to Be Generous


If Allen is going to do a weekly must-have tune of the week, perhaps I will post a weekly poem. ;-)  I'm not a huge poetry reader -- perhaps because it takes time and energy to read poetry, and I cannot read it in large doses. But I have to agree with Catherine and give props to Wendell Berry. This is one of my recent favorites:

The Wish to Be Generous
Wendell Berry

All that I serve will die, all my delights,
the flesh kindled from my flesh, garden and field,
the silent lilies standing in the woods,
the woods, the hill, the whole earth, all
will burn in man's evil, or dwindle
in its own age. Let the world bring on me
the sleep of darkness without stars, so I may know
my little light taken from me into the seed
of the beginning and the end, so I may bow
to the mystery, and take my stand on the earth
like a tree in a field, passing without haste
or regret toward what will be, my life
a patient willing descent into the grass.

From The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry. (Hear Meryl Streep read it here -- click on Segment 2.)


Comments:

I grew up on a farm, I am very sympathetic to Wendell Berry's writings, though his appeal to the State to fix things is, I think, exceedingly naive. But he is basically quite right, and definitely worth reading.




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