Wendell Berry

Henry County, Kentucky
Wendell Berry
Henry County, Kentucky

Poems

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1.
The Peace Of Wild Things
When despair grows in me
and I wake in the middle of the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children's lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
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2.
What We Need Is Here
Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear
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3.
The Country Of Marriage
I.

I dream of you walking at night along the streams
of the country of my birth, warm blooms and the nightsongs
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4.
The Hidden Singer
The gods are less for their love of praise.
Above and below them all is a spirit that needs nothing
but its own wholeness, its health and ours.
It has made all things by dividing itself.
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5.
Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front
Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more
of everything ready-made. Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.
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6.
A Warning To My Readers
Do not think me gentle
because I speak in praise
of gentleness, or elegant
because I honor the grace
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7.
A Timbered Choir
Even while I dreamed I prayed that what I saw was only fear and no foretelling,
for I saw the last known landscape destroyed for the sake
of the objective, the soil bludgeoned, the rock blasted.
Those who had wanted to go home would never get there now.
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8.
A Meeting In A Part
In a dream I meet
my dead friend. He has,
I know, gone long and far,
and yet he is the same
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9.
The Mad Farmer Revolution
Being a Fragment
of the Natural History of New Eden,
in Homage
To Mr. Ed McClanahan, One of the Locals

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10.
Testament
And now to the Abyss I pass
Of that Unfathomable Grass...


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