Sunday, August 5, 2012
lumpy-pudding:

Wendell Berry: Kentucky River Junction                         to Ken Kesey & Ken Babbs Clumsy at first, fitting together the years we have been apart, and the ways. But as the night passed and the day came, the first fine morning of April, it came clear: the world that has tried us and showed us its joy was our bond when we said nothing. And we allowed it to be with us, the new green shining. * Our lives, half gone, stay full of laughter. Free-hearted men have the world for words. Though we have been apart, we have been together. * Trying to sleep, I cannot take my mind away. The bright day shines in my head like a coin on the bed of a stream. * You left your welcome.
(From Collected Poems: 1957-1982)
Photo: Wendell Berry on the Kentucky River

lumpy-pudding:

Wendell Berry: Kentucky River Junction

                         to Ken Kesey & Ken Babbs

Clumsy at first, fitting together
the years we have been apart,
and the ways.

But as the night
passed and the day came, the first
fine morning of April,

it came clear:
the world that has tried us
and showed us its joy

was our bond
when we said nothing.
And we allowed it to be

with us, the new green
shining.

*

Our lives, half gone,
stay full of laughter.

Free-hearted men
have the world for words.

Though we have been
apart, we have been together.

*

Trying to sleep, I cannot
take my mind away.
The bright day

shines in my head
like a coin
on the bed of a stream.

*

You left
your welcome.

(From Collected Poems: 1957-1982)

Photo: Wendell Berry on the Kentucky River

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