Tuesday, April 03, 2007


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
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here. And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye,
clear. What we need is here.

--Wendell Berry


KleoPatra said...

Kentucky River Junction

Clumsy at first, fitting together the years we have been apart, and the ways.

But as the night
passed and the day came, the first fine morning of April,

it came clear:
the world that has tried us
and showed us its joy

was our bond
when we said nothing.
And we allowed it to be

with us, the new green

Our lives, half gone,
stay full of laughter.

Free-hearted men
have the world for words.

Though we have been
apart, we have been together.

Trying to sleep, I cannot
take my mind away.
The bright day

shines in my head
like a coin
on the bed of a stream.

You left
your welcome.

~Wendell Berry

laura jesser said...

Kleo, thanks for sharing that lovely poem, which I had not read before. I have come to really love Wendell Berry's poetry--it's so beautiful and seems to come so naturally. And I love his environmental themes. My favorite is still probably "The Peace of Wild Things"...

KleoPatra said...

There is a wealth of great poetry out there, Laura. I love discovering new verse(s)... Thanks for sharing the one you did her. Lovely.