1. Saturday begins National Park Week, and Saturday, April 21, is fee-free day at the parks. Learn about other special events here. Take a hike!
Not my birthday…
But a very Happy Birthday to my favorite person to go walking with!
It’s also been four years since the day we decided to take a lifelong walk together… Happy Anniversary!
And a poem:
to a friend that I care for deeply,
something that I loved.
It was only a small
extremely shapely bone
that came from the ear
of a whale.
It hurt a little
to give it away.
The next morning
I went out, as usual,
and there, in the harbor,
was a swan.
I don’t know
what he or she was doing there,
but the beauty of it
Do you see what I mean?
You give, and you are given.
– Mary Oliver
Recently I posted Mary Oliver’s “Wild Geese.” Today in the mail I received Wendell Berry’s New and Collected Poems, within which I came across his poem, “The Wild Geese,” originally published in 1973 as part of The Country of Marriage.
So, here’s his take. Continue reading “Wendell Berry’s Wild Geese”
by Mary Oliver
You do not have to be good.
You do not have to have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves. Continue reading “Wild Geese”
by Wendell Berry
Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more
of everything ready-made. Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery
any more. Your mind will be punched in a card
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know.
So, friends, every day do something
that won’t compute. Continue reading “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front”