Wendell Berry

(August 5, 1934 / Henry County, Kentucky)

The Real Work - Poem by Wendell Berry

It may be that when we no longer know what to do
we have come our real work,

and that when we no longer know which way to go
we have come to our real journey.

The mind that is not baffled is not employed.

The impeded stream is the one that sings.

Topic(s) of this poem: work

Comments about The Real Work by Wendell Berry

  • (11/14/2018 9:47:00 PM)

    I love this poem. It challenges, and comforts. Thank you. (Report) Reply

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  • (2/7/2018 4:40:00 PM)

    A neat poem that wrote itself. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (2/7/2018 3:42:00 PM)

    Brevity makes the point sharper- -and sometimes truth is blunt. Berry makes the blunt truth piercing sharp. Excellent piece of writing here. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/7/2018 12:34:00 PM)

    The mind that is not baffled is not employed! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

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  • Glen Kappy (2/7/2018 7:22:00 AM)

    First, it looks like to was left out in the second line, so it should read come to our real work.

    In response to what Berry says (and he is someone I respect) , I think, yes, we need to be challenged. But what of inspiration that is graced on us? But often for us it follows the times of bafflement, of challenge.

    I especially like the closing line.

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  • Bernard F. Asuncion (2/7/2018 12:51:00 AM)

    Wendell, such a brilliant write.. congrats for being chosen... a huge 10+++ (Report) Reply

  • Ruta Mohapatra (2/7/2018 12:39:00 AM)

    Liked the last two lines. Well expressed! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, May 13, 2015

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