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.


Comments about What We Need Is Here by Wendell Berry

  • Ruta Mohapatra (9/24/2018 12:35:00 PM)


    Such wise philosophy! (Report) Reply

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  • (3/17/2018 11:27:00 AM)


    This isn't the full poem. This is the last part of Berry's poem The Wild Geese. (Report) Reply

  • (2/17/2018 4:59:00 PM)


    I love this poem on so many levels, it speaks of our connection to the earth and of inter peace and love of family.
    Thank you Mr. Berry for your lovely and profound work.
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  • (12/3/2017 9:33:00 PM)


    The pastor of Zion Lutheran Church in Middletown, Ohio, used this poem as the subject of her sermon today. She sang the poem at the beginning of the sermon and ended with it also. You may hear the sermon on the church's web site at zionluthchurch.com (Report) Reply

  • 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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