Saturday, July 24

Mindful Monday: "The Want of Peace"

My mind has been in a turmoil of words and opinions -- mine and others' -- since the Charlie Hebdo killings. The whirling sensations and thoughts caused me to turn to Wendell Berry's plaintive "The Want of Peace." When you're in a tornado, go to ground.

The Want of Peace

by Wendell Berry

All goes back to the earth,
and so I do not desire
pride of excess or power,
but the contentments made
by men who have had little:
the fisherman's silence
receiving the river's grace,
the gardener's musing on rows.

I lack the peace of simple things.
I am never wholly in place.
I find no peace or grace.
We sell the world to buy fire,
our way lighted by burning men,
and that has bent my mind
and made me think of darkness
and wish for the dumb life of roots.


What are you noticing about your sense of personal peace?


Harvesting carrots...

for Mindful Monday


© January 19, 2015, post: Donna Pierce
Source: Berry, Wendall. "The Want of Peace" from New Collected Poems. Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint Press, 2012.
Photo credit: "Harvesting Carrots," Chiot's Run, 2010.


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