October 22nd, 2012

Wendell Berry - Sabbaths 1998, VI

By expenditure of hope,
Intelligence, and work,
You think you have it fixed.
It is unfixed by rule.
Within the darkness, all
Is being changed, and you
Also will be changed.
................................

But won't you be ashamed
To count the passing year
At its mere cost, your debt
Inevitably paid?
For every year is costly,
As you know well. Nothing
Is given that is not
Taken, and nothing taken
That was not first a gift.

The gift is balanced by
Its total loss, and yet,
And yet the light breaks in,
Heaven seizing its moments
Thar are at once its own
And yours.  The day ends
And is unending where
The summer tanager,
Warbler, and vireo
Sing as they move along
Illuminated leaves.

Poetry Chaikhana | Wendell Berry - Sabbaths 1998, VI


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