Simple Life. Grand Soul.

I was introduced to Wendell Berry, the Southern farmer, poet, prophet, minister and saint by my friend Tallu. She read one of his poems in church years ago. It was such a gift to me. Like Thomas Merton, Berry’s words are like illumined arrows that hit the bullseye of my soul. This man lives what he preaches. What I mean is that he uses all that he is (mind, body and spirit) to love his wife, family, the land and God. Berry’s poetry so beautifully articulates what I strive for in my own life:

Simple Life. Grand Soul. 


The Peace of Wild Things

When despair for the world grows in me

and I wake in the night at the least sound

in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake

rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought

of grief.

I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars waiting for their light.

For a time I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.


Wednell Berry

I just purchased a copy of Berry’s Given at the Sewanee bookstore. It is a collection of “Sabbath poems” that Berry composed on Sunday walks through nature. We cannot ever hear enough words about Love!

Sabbaths, 1998


Whatever happens,

those who have learned

to love one another

have made their way

to the lasting world

and will not leave,

whatever happens.

Live in Hope,




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