POETRY WEDNESDAY


HOW TO BE A POET
(to remind myself)

i   
Make a place to sit down.   
Sit down. Be quiet.   
You must depend upon   
affection, reading, knowledge,   
skill—more of each   
than you have—inspiration,   
work, growing older, patience,   
for patience joins time   
to eternity. Any readers   
who like your poems,   
doubt their judgment.   
ii   

 Breathe with unconditional breath   
 the unconditioned air.   
 Shun electric wire.   
 Communicate slowly. Live   
 a three-dimensioned life;   
 stay away from screens.   
 Stay away from anything   
 that obscures the place it is in.   
 There are no unsacred places;   
 there are only sacred places   
 and desecrated places.   

 iii   

 Accept what comes from silence.   
 Make the best you can of it.   
 Of the little words that come   
 out of the silence, like prayers   
 prayed back to the one who prays,   
 make a poem that does not disturb   
 the silence from which it came.
-WENDELL BERRY-

6 comments :

  1. first of all that picture is amazing.
    second of all, this is gorgeous.

    xx
    emily

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    1. Thank you so much :) I took this back in the winter and it's a favorite!
      And I agree. Wendell Berry knows what's up ;)

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    1. Um, YOUR SWEET COMMENTS. LOVE.

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  3. That picture is pure poetry...very apropos for this post...

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    1. AH. This comment made me smile so largely. Thank you so much!

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