Wendell Berry, poem: The Wild Geese

Elder Wendell Berry reminds us, as we plummet down from wild imaginings, center in our hearts and plant feet firmly on the ground: “What we need is here.”

Here’s your Daily Poem from the Poetry Chaikhana


The Wild Geese

By Wendell Berry
(1934 – )


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.


— from Selected Poems of Wendell Berry, by Wendell Berry


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