Sunday, November 8, 2015

Wendell Berry: "Sabbaths 1999, VII"

Again I resume the long
lesson: how small a thing
can be pleasing, how little
in this hard world it takes
to satisfy the mind
and bring it to its rest.

With the ongoing havoc
the woods this morning is
almost unnaturally still.
Through stalled air, unshadowed
light, a few leaves fall
of their own weight.

                                  The sky
is gray. It begins in mist
almost at the ground
and rises forever. The trees
rise in silence almost
natural, but not quite,
almost eternal, but
not quite.

                 What more did I
think I wanted? Here is
what has always been.
Here is what will always
be. Even in me,
the Maker of all this
returns in rest, even
to the slightest of His works,
a yellow leaf slowly
falling, and is pleased.

"Sabbaths 1999, VII" by  Wendell Berry. Text as published in Given: Poems (Counterpoint, 2005). 

Art credit: "Autumn Leaf Falling from Tree," photograph by Verity E. Milligan.

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