Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Poetry Tuesday: "XI" by Wendell Berry



IX.

I go by a field where once
I cultivated a few poor crops.
It is now covered with young trees,
for the forest that belongs here
has come back and reclaimed its own.
And I think of all the effort
I have wasted and all the time,
and of how much joy I took
in that failed work and how much
it taught me. For in so failing
I learned something of my place,
something of myself, and now
I welcome back the trees.

--Wendell Berry

26 comments:

Lin said...

Yeah, but you get points for trying. :)

Leanne said...

Such a good one, Betty. So so good.

Old Kitty said...

No such thing as failure in this case! Yay! Take care
x

Slamdunk said...

Good selection Betty. I take from that: life is short and goes on without me--so make my time invested in planting and cultivating count.

Teresa Evangeline said...

You are on such a good path of new growth.
I love this, Betty, And I Love Wendell Berry.

Out on the prairie said...

A favorite pick, great thoughts.

Cool Gal said...

Wow...great poem, Betty. Very befitting in my house right now, too (something with my son).

Pat said...

It's all about the journey, my friend. What a great poem.

Mary Ann said...

Great poem:) I loved the picture too...beautiful.

Susan in the Boonies said...

I loved that poem. And I do wonder how small a mark I will have left here under the sun, when all is said and done.

rainbow said...

That is such a needful post for us all. Thanks for sharing and OH SO TRUE. I am married to a retired farmer and all the fields he use to grow Wheat in are now covered in Bind Weeds instead of beautiful trees like yours. Oh well that is the difference in where you live and the Panhandel of Texas. I think I would rather be where you are. Thanks for you posts and photos. You really make life a better place to be. LOVE TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

MAKE IT A GREAT WEEK AND BETTER WEEKEND

rainbow (Momma Lyn)

Madi and Mom said...

Very thought provoking poem...
seems one could get several messages from it. I must go read it again.
Hugs C

Bouncin' Barb said...

No failing. Only trying and learning! Hugs, BB.

Annie said...

That's one to think over a while.
I like the photo you choose to go with it.
I hope your day today is sunny, Betty.

Tabor said...

Is it truly a failure? I think not!

EmptyNester said...

The things we have to go through in order to appreciate those trees, eh?

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sometimes nature does the landscaping better.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

That happened to my garden too. the trees are getting bigger.

Eva Gallant said...

The poem and photo are a great match!

Daisy said...

Ah, well, as long as some learning took place, at least it wasn't all for naught then. Nice poem today, Betty. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Larri @ Seams Inspired said...

Excellent.

Thanks for sharing. Happy Tuesday! ☺

Ms. A said...

Sometimes the lessons learned, is more important to our growth, than achieving success.

Eloise said...

Effort which produced joy and wisdom is never wasted.

SueAnn said...

Yes! I too celebrate the trees!!
Lovely poem
Hugs
SueAnn

Pat Tillett said...

Yep! Nature is clearly in charge. We can hold her off at times, but if we stop trying, she takes over again. Always...

Baby Sister said...

That is such a beautiful poem. :) I love nature. :)


p.s. I like your new header. :)