Taking Time to Sabbath: Wendell Berry #Poem #Poetry #Sabbath #Wren #Live #WendellBerry

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Admittedly, I should have posted this yesterday to allow you all the time to Sabbath either on Saturday or Sunday with this Wendell Berry wafer. But as these days are full with life and activity, this post had to wait until now. And yet, the timelessness of Berry’s wisdom about “how to be alive” ever rings true and warrants a full week’s pondering. Don’t let the brevity of the poem deceive you; it is rich in its challenge to live, especially in a world ever looking for life in all the wrong places.

Sabbath Poem VI (2001) by Wendell Berry

The question before me, now that I
am old, is not how to be dead,
which I know from enough practice,
but how to be alive, as these worm
hills tell, and some paintings
of Paul Cézanne, and this mere
singing wren, who thinks he's alive
forever, this instant, and may be.

“VI” by Wendell Berry from This Day: Collected & New Sabbath Poems. © Counterpoint, 2013: pg. 222.

5 thoughts on “Taking Time to Sabbath: Wendell Berry #Poem #Poetry #Sabbath #Wren #Live #WendellBerry

    1. For his short stories, I like Fidelity. A lot of people love Jayber Crow. I started listening to it on car rides but got sidetracked. I have The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry (1999) and This Day: Collected and New Sabbath Poems. Both are great collections and the first has some of the best Mad Farmer poems. Hope that helps!

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