Tuesday, August 31, 2010

TO A SIBERIAN WOODSMAN (after looking at some pictures in a magazine)

1. You lean at ease in your warm house at night after supper, listening to your daughter play the accordion. You smile with the pleasure of a man confident in his hands, resting after a day of long labor in the forest, the cry of the saw in your head, and the vision of coming home to rest. Your daughter’s face is clear in the joy of hearing her own music. Her fingers live on the keys like people familiar with the land they were born in. You sit at the dinner table late into the night with your son, tying the bright flies that will lead you along the forest streams. Over you, as your hands work, is the dream of still pools. Over you is the dream of your silence while the east brightens, birds waking close by you in the trees.

2. I have thought of you stepping out of your doorway at dawn, your son in your tracks. You go in under the overarching green branches of the forest whose ways, strange to me, are well known to you as the sound of your own voice or the silence that lies around you now that you have ceased to speak, and soon the voice of the stream rises ahead of you, and you take the path beside it. I have thought of the sun breaking pale through the mists over you as you come to the pool where you will fish, and of the mist drifting over the water, and of the cast fly resting light on the face of the pool.

3. And I am here in Kentucky in the place I have made myself in the world. I sit on my porch above the river that flows muddy and slow along the feet of the trees. I hear the voices of the wren and the yellow-throated warbler whose songs pass near the windows and over the roof. In my house my daughter learns the womanhood of her mother. My son is at play, pretending to be the man he believes I am. I am the outbreathing of this ground. My words are its words as the wren’s song is its song.

4. Who has invented our enmity? Who has prescribed us hatred of each other? Who has armed us against each other with the death of the world? Who has appointed me such anger that I should desire the burning of your house or the destruction of your children? Who has appointed such anger to you? Who has set loose the thought that we should oppose each other with the ruin of forests and rivers, and the silence of the birds? Who has said to us that the voices of my land shall be strange to you, and the voices of your land strange to me? Who has imagined that I would destroy myself in order to destroy you, or that I could improve myself by destroying you? Who has imagined that your death could be negligible to me now that I have seen these pictures of your face? Who has imagined that I would not speak familiarly with you, or laugh with you, or visit in your house and go to work with you in the forest? And now one of the ideas of my place will be that you would gladly talk and visit and work with me.

5. I sit in the shade of the trees of the land I was born in. As they are native I am native, and I hold to this place as carefully as they hold to it. I do not see the national flag flying from the staff of the sycamore, or any decree of the government written on the leaves of the walnut, nor has the elm bowed before any monuments or sworn the oath of allegiance. They have not declared to whom they stand in welcome.

6. In the thought of you I imagine myself free of the weapons and the official hates that I have borne on my back like a hump, and in the thought of myself I imagine you free of weapons and official hates, so that if we should meet we would not go by each other looking at the ground like slaves sullen under their burdens, but would stand clear in the gaze of each other.

7. There is no government so worthy as your son who fishes with you in silence besides the forest pool. There is no national glory so comely as your daughter whose hands have learned a music and go their own way on the keys. There is no national glory so comely as my daughter who dances and sings and is the brightness of my house. There is no government so worthy as my son who laughs, as he comes up the path from the river in the evening, for joy.

Wendell Berry, USA
from “Openings,” 1968

13 Comments:

Blogger darklake said...

Nice. That fellow can certainly turn a phrase, can't he.

10:42 PM  
Blogger Wendy Berrell said...

Haven't found anyone better. His writing never gets old. For example, I could read this one over and over. And then again.

8:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

legend 11s , air jordan 11 legend blue , legend blue 11 , legend blue 11s ,legend blue 11s, air jordan 6 black infrared ,replica designer shoes,cheap designer shoes ,designer shoes ,designer shoes ,jimmy choo shoes,jimmy choo shoes ,cheap uggs ,jimmy choo ,jimmy choo shoes , red bottoms ,new balance outlet,new balance outlet,jimmy choo shoes,Giuseppe Zanotti shoes ,Giuseppe Zanotti shoes ,herve leger dresses,herve leger outlet ,bandage dresses , bodycon dresses ,bodycon dresses , gucci belts , cheap gucci belts ,jimmy choo outlet,Christian Louboutin Daffodile,jimmy choo shoes,air jordan 11 legend blue, black infrared 6s, gucci belts, designer shoes

8:02 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

bandage dresses ,gucci belts, new balance shoes, Giuseppe Zanotti ,air jordan 13 "3M", 3M 13s , jordan 13 grey toe, grey toe 13s,grey toe 13, jordan 6 infrared ,infrared 6s,so kate shoes, cheap air max,nike free ,red bottoms , black infrared 6s , black infrared 6s ,Giuseppe Zanotti shoes , jordan infrared 6s , jimmy choo shoes , legend blue 11s , jimmy choo pas cher , designer shoes, escarpins Louboutin , sport blue 6s,air jordan 11, legend blue 11s, gucci belts,legend blue 11s, Giuseppe Zanotti shoes , jimmy choo sale, jimmy choo shoes ,new balance shoes, jordan infrared 6s, infrared 6s, cheap gucci belts, christian louboutin shoes, red bottom shoes, new balance

8:02 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

the north face jackets
saints jerseys
pittsburgh steelers jersey
kobe 9
kansas city chiefs jerseys
swarovski crystal
air jordan shoes
coach outlet online
christian louboutin shoes
nba jerseys wholesale
lance briggs jersey,martellus bennett jersey,jay cutler jersey,sylvester williams jersey
christian louboutin sale
arthur jones jersey,deonte thompson jersey,courtney upshaw jersey,timmy jernigan jersey,jeromy miles jersey,haloti ngata jersey,joe flacco jersey,steve smith sr jersey
chicago bears jerseys
gucci shoes
hermes belts for men
manchester united football shirts
nick foles jersey,eagles elite jersey
kobe bryant jersey
moncler coats
celtics jerseys
coach outlet
mulberry,mulberry handbags,mulberry outlet,mulberry bags,mulberry uk
burberry sale
spurs jersey
nike running shoes
mulberry sale
michael kors handbags
mizuno running
chris paul jersey
wei20150709

8:47 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

qihang0922,kate spade uk
lebron james shoes
hermes belt
p90x workouts
nike running shoes
cheap versace
oakley sunglases cheap
ralph lauren polos shirts
canada goose uk
nike trainers
celine handbags
louboutin pas cher
giuseppe zanotti sneakers
marc jacobs
pandora bracelets
true religion jeans
prada
ugg sale
tod's shoes
canada goose outlet
abercrombie
nike store uk
longchamp
cheap ray ban sunglasses
kobe bryant shoes
abercrombie and fitch
uggs boots on sale
longchamp outlet
coach outlet
coach outlet store online
football shoes
nike sb
supra shoes
christian louboutin
nike elite socks
nike cortez
ralph lauren uk
north face uk
polo ralph lauren
q

1:34 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

qzz0601
canada goose outlet
chloe outlet
nike foamposite
mulberry outlet
salomon shoes
cheap jordans
lacoste polo shirts
michael kors outlet
moncler outlet
adidas outlet

9:47 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

zzzzz2018.7.3
coach outlet online
cheap ray bans
coach outlet online
saics running shoes
coach outlet online
longchamp outlet
coach outlet
pandora
louboutin shoes
ferragamo shoes

8:28 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

zzzzz2018.7.11
pandora
oakley sunglasses
mulberry handbags
jordan 4
prada handbags
michael kors outlet online
ray ban sunglasses
longchamp handbags
uggs outlet
louboutin shoes

9:34 PM  
Blogger Unknown said...

www0720

malone souliers
coach outlet online
golden goose sneakers
kappa clothing
nike roshe
christian louboutin outlet
fitflops sale clearance
michael kors
coach outlet
barbour jackets

10:28 PM  
Blogger 5689 said...

zzzzz2018.8.15
coach outlet
true religion outlet store
ugg boots
oakley sunglasses
jordan 8
jordan shoes
ugg boots
ralph lauren outlet
ray ban eyeglasses
new nike shoes

10:10 PM  
Blogger ouch said...

0728jejeIl nike air max bw armory navy est charmant, cool et oh si beau. Huawei a ensuite adidas zx flux 2.0 pas cher réengagé tout ce personnel et signé un air jordan 3 femme rose nouvel accord. À l'heure actuelle, Air Jordan 31 France la Dickies Company possède des magasins dans tous basket adidas superstar femme fleur les 50 États des États-Unis ainsi adidas zx 850 noir que de nombreux pays, y nike jordan 6 homme compris des parties de l'Europe ainsi que le Moyen-Orient. asics chaussure de ville femme

1:19 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

Two of our three properties are doing 30 per cent of their regular revenue and one is doing 45 per cent of regular revenue just on takeout which is very different than what we thought would happen,"" said Gordon, adding he expects takeout to remain a strong part of business going forward. So when you are talking about going from 80 per cent to 50 per cent (capacity under social distancing) it's not going to be as lucrative, I don't want to give you that impression. But I can certainly see getting through it a bit better."". "

Air Jordan 11 Retro Space Jam Black Varsity Royal White, To be able to take them back to Australia. If that was your son or your daughter, like it was my son or my daughter, what would we be thinking? The retrieval of the bodies has been a white hot issue in Whakatane since the disaster, with local families urging police to retrieve the bodies. The bodies of two young tour guides Hayden Inman and Tipene Maangi are believed to be among those remaining on the island.

Le natif de Drummondville a connu sa meilleure campagne il y a deux ans alors qu'il avait amass 11 buts et six mentions d'aides pour un total de 17 points en 60 joutes.. {tag: Yeezy 350 V2 Cream White Ebay}

Jordan 3 Golf Black, The Timbers and Thorns have created a financial assistance fund to help support part time staff members and are undertaking other initiatives to aid the Portland community in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic.The Timbers and Thorns announced Tuesday that Peregrine Sports LLC, the parent company for the two clubs, had created a financial assistance fund to pay fan experience and merchandise staff, among others, for games missed due to cancelations.Major League Soccer announced last week that it would suspend its season for a minimum of 30 days amid the coronavirus outbreak, while the National Women's Soccer League announced that it was canceling all preseason games. With MLS just beginning its season and the NWSL not scheduled to begin play until mid April, it remains possible that the majority of games could be postponed, rather than canceled.The clubs will send details of the fund to affected staff members next week.Arena workers at both Providence Park and the Moda Center told The Oregonian/OregonLive this week that they were concerned about the possibility of going without paychecks as MLS, the NWSL and the NBA remained on hiatus. The Portland Trail Blazers are working on a plan to support part time employees as well."For me, the scariest part is not knowing when everything is going to come back, like how long am I going to be out of a job?" said Jamie Faue, who works as a guest services attendant at the Moda Center and Providence Park.The Timbers and Thorns are also making a monetary contribution to the Oregon Community Fund's Oregon COVID 19 Pooled Fund.

9:46 PM  

Post a Comment

<< Home