What We Need Is Here by Wendell Berry

by Christine Sine

Geese over Delta

This morning I am preparing for our Lenten retreat on Saturday, thinking about what I will do for Lent and how I will prepare my own sacred space for the season. This prayer by Wendell Berry seemed very appropriate for this time of preparation. I have been meditating on the words all morning as I look out at the snow covered Olympic mountains.

What We Need Is Here

Geese appear high over us,
pass, and the sky closes. Abandon,
as in love or sleep, holds
them to their way, clear
in the ancient faith: what we need
is here. And we pray, not
for new earth or heaven, but to be
quiet in heart, and in eye,
clear. What we need is here.

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7 comments

Sharon Rawlette February 27, 2014 - 10:46 am

I am a huge Wendell Berry fan. Thanks for sharing this thoughtful, evocative poem!

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Christine Sine February 27, 2014 - 10:48 am

Your welcome

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Ros Merryweather February 27, 2014 - 11:33 am

‘Abandon as in love and sleep…’ Evokes a call for me to surrender and trust the currents of God.

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Christine Sine February 27, 2014 - 12:41 pm

Amen to that

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Doug Nelson February 27, 2014 - 1:06 pm

Thank you. Wendell’s heart is always a touch of grace.

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rodjanz007 February 27, 2014 - 3:41 pm

beautiful. thanks for sharing

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Christine Sine February 27, 2014 - 4:21 pm

Your welcome – I always love to share his poems

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