Wendell Berry

(August 5, 1934 / Henry County, Kentucky)

What We Need Is Here - Poem by Wendell Berry

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.

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  • Cynthia Buhain-baello (5/13/2015 7:22:00 PM)

    This is an excellent piece of writing on what matters most in life, and you wrote it so beautifully. I like the way you use enjambment in your lines, it adds to the impact. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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