*Photo by Shawn Poynter

Inspiring Modern Appalachian Living

I GO AMONG TREES


I go among trees and sit still.

All my stirring becomes quiet

around me like circles on water.


My tasks lie in their places

where I left them, asleep like cattle.


Then what is afraid of me comes

and lives a while in my sight.

What it fears in me leaves me,

and the fear of me leaves it.

It sings, and I hear its song.


Then what I am afraid of comes.

I live for a while in its sight.

What I fear in it leaves it,

and the fear of it leaves me.

It sings, and I hear its song.


After days of labor,

mute in my consternations,

I hear my song at last,

and I sing it. 


As we sing,

the day turns, the trees move.



~ Wendell Berry, from Sabbaths

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