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Author: BERRY, WENDELL
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Berry, Wendell    Poet's Biography
103 poems available by this author


A HOMECOMING    Poem Text    
First Line: One faith is bondage. Two
Subject(s): Homecoming


A PURIFICATION    Poem Text    
First Line: At start of spring I open a trench
Last Line: The old escapes into the new
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion; Theology


A THIRD POSSIBILITY    Poem Text    
First Line: I fired the brush pile by the creek
Last Line: Between the two, and liked them both
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion; Theology


A TIMBERED CHOIR    Poem Text    
First Line: Even while I dreamed I prayed that what I saw was only fear and no foretelling


A VISION    Poem Text    
First Line: If we will have the wisdom to survive
Last Line: Its hardship is its posibility
Subject(s): Environment; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


AIR AND FIRE    Poem Text    
First Line: From my wife and household and fields
Subject(s): Love


AN ANNIVERSARY    Poem Text    
First Line: What we have been becomes
Last Line: In the country we have married
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion; Theology


ANGER AGAINST BEASTS    Poem Text    
First Line: The hook of adrenalin shoves
Subject(s): Anger


AT A COUNTRY FUNERAL    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: Now the old ways that have brought us
Last Line: A second and more final death
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion; Theology


BE STILL IN HASTE    Poem Text    
First Line: How quietly I


DESOLATION    Poem Text    
First Line: A gracious spirit sings as it comes
Last Line: Out by root and crown
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


DIAGON    Poem Text    
First Line: In the riven channel torqued in its bends
Subject(s): Fish


DO NOT BE ASHAMED    Poem Text    
First Line: You will be walking some night


DUST    Poem Text    
First Line: The dust motes float
Subject(s): Dust


ELEGY    Poem Text    
First Line: All day our eyes could find no resting place


FOR THE FUTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: Planting trees early in the spring
Subject(s): Trees


FOR THE HOG KILLING    Poem Text    
First Line: Let them stand still for the bullet, and stare the shooter in the eye
Last Line: By our hunger, by this provisioning, we renew the bond
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


FOR THE REBUILDING OF A HOUSE    Poem Text    
First Line: To know the inhabiting reasons
Last Line: That the dark may come clean
Subject(s): Houses


FROM REVERDURE    Poem Text    
First Line: One thing work gives
Last Line: To come into the presence of this time
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


GOING    Poem Text    
First Line: Like a city, lighted


GRACE    Poem Text    
First Line: The woods is shining this morning


HORSES    Poem Text    
First Line: When I was a boy here
Subject(s): Environment; Farm Life; Fields; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation; Agriculture; Farmers; Pastures; Meadows; Leas


HOW TO BE A POET (TO REMIND MYSELF)    Poem Text    
First Line: Make a place to sit down
Last Line: The silence from which it came
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


INDEPENDENCE DAY    Poem Text    
First Line: Between painting a roof yesterday and the hay
Last Line: Whistle opens in the air, broad and pointed like a leaf
Subject(s): Christianity; Holidays; Religion; Theology


JUNE WIND    Poem Text    
First Line: Light and wind are running


KENTUCKY RIVER JUNCTION    Poem Text    
First Line: Clumsy at first, fitting together
Subject(s): Nature


MARRIAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: How hard it is for me, who live
Subject(s): Love, Marital


MEDITATION IN THE SPRING RAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: In the april rain I climbed up to drink
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion; Theology


NINE VERSES OF THE SAME SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: The ear finely attuned


OUR CHRISTMAS TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: Our christmas tree is
Last Line: Christ come into the world
Subject(s): Christmas Trees; Nativity, The


PLANTING TREES    Poem Text    
First Line: In the mating of trees
Last Line: And the sound of the wind in them
Subject(s): Environment; Trees; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


POEM FOR J.    Poem Text    
First Line: What she made in her body is broken
Last Line: And made light, the dark seed of her pain
Subject(s): Pregnancy


PRAYER AFTER EATING    Poem Text    
First Line: I have taken in the light


PRAYERS AND SAYINGS OF THE MAD FARMER    Poem Text    
First Line: It is presumptuous and irresponsible to pray for other people. A
Last Line: Grown immortal in his mind
Subject(s): Farm Life; Prayer; Agriculture; Farmers


RAIN CROW    Poem Text    
First Line: The pendulum sun swung


RIPENING    Poem Text    
First Line: The longer we are together
Last Line: To know you by the signs of this world
Subject(s): Men


SABBATH, 1985, VI    Poem Text    
First Line: We have walked so many times, my boy
Last Line: Nothing of the season but to be
Subject(s): Forests; Fields; Nature; Conservation


SABBATH, 1985, VIII    Poem Text    
First Line: I go from the woods into the cleared field
Last Line: Beginning now, in our few troubled days
Subject(s): Time


SABBATH: 1985, V    Poem Text    
First Line: How long does it take to make the woods?
Last Line: Into the ease of sight, the brotherhood of eye and leaf
Subject(s): Forests


SABBATHS, 1985, VII    Poem Text    
First Line: Where the great trees were felled
Last Line: The woods' floor starred with bloom
Subject(s): Nature; Deforestation


SABBATHS: 1985 I    Poem Text    
First Line: Not again in this flesh will I see
Last Line: Is here, shaping the seasons of his wild will
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion; Theology


SABBATHS: 1985 III    Poem Text    
First Line: Awaked from the persistent dream
Last Line: We are all praising, praying to the light we are, but cannot know
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion; Theology


SABBATHS: 2001    Poem Text    
First Line: He waits in darkness all around
Subject(s): Sabbath; Sunday


SERENADE IN BLACK    Poem Text    
First Line: This crow, my love, black bird


SONATA AT PAYNE HOLLOW    Poem Text    
First Line: We never stopped here before
Last Line: Out of all the time we were apart
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Play


THE APPLE TREE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the essential prose
Subject(s): Apple Trees


THE ARISTOCRACY    Poem Text    
First Line: Paradise might have appeared here


THE BARN    Poem Text    
First Line: While we unloaded the hay fron the truck, building
Last Line: And we rest, having done what men do best
Subject(s): Barns


THE BEST REWARD    Poem Text    
First Line: The best reward in going to the woods
Last Line: Or answered by a certain one, or two
Subject(s): Nature; Solitude; Loneliness


THE BLUE ROBE    Poem Text    
First Line: How joyful to be together, alone
Subject(s): Weddings


THE BROKEN GROUND    Poem Text    
First Line: The opening out and out
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


THE BUILDINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: The buildings are all womanly. Their roofs
Last Line: In its welcome, a vine with yellow flowers shading the door
Subject(s): Buildings & Builders


THE BURIAL OF THE OLD    Poem Text    
First Line: The old, whose bodies encrust their lives
Subject(s): Death; Dead, The


THE COUNTRY OF MARRIAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: I dream of you walking at night along the streams
Subject(s): Love


THE COUNTRY TOWN IN EARLY SUNDAY MORNING    Poem Text    
First Line: The town has grown here, angular
Subject(s): Cities And Towns


THE CURRENT    Poem Text    
First Line: Having once put his hand into the ground
Last Line: His hand in the dark as by a hand
Subject(s): Spring


THE DANCE    Poem Text    
First Line: I would have each couple turn
Last Line: Love changes, and in change is true
Subject(s): Dancing & Dancers; Love - Marital; Wedded Love; Marriage - Love


THE DEAD CALF    Poem Text    
First Line: Dead at the pasture edge
Subject(s): Death-animals


THE GRANDMOTHER       
First Line: Better born than married, misled
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers


THE GUEST    Poem Text    
First Line: Washed into the doorway
Last Line: Of my knowing, but not asked
Subject(s): Christianity; Guests; Religion; Visiting; Theology


THE HABIT OF WAKING    Poem Text    
First Line: Snow, melting, leaves the landscape pied


THE HANDING DOWN: 1. THE CONVERSATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Speaker and hearer, words
Subject(s): Ancestors & Ancestry; Heritage; Heredity


THE LAW THAT MARRIES ALL THINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: The cloud is free only
Last Line: Here here here here
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


THE LOWLAND GROVE    Poem Text    
First Line: And now the lowland grove is down, the trees
Last Line: Of year with year, time with returning time
Subject(s): Nature; Trees


THE MAD FARMER REVOLUTION    Poem Text    
First Line: The mad farmer, the thirsty one
Last Line: Practice resurrection
Subject(s): Christianity; Farm Life; Religion; Agriculture; Farmers; Theology


THE MORNING'S NEWS    Poem Text    
First Line: To moralize the state, they drag out a man
Last Line: Through me, toward the ground
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion; Theology


THE OLD ELM TREE BY THE RIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: Shrugging in the flight of its leaves
Last Line: A mighty blessing we cannot bear for long
Subject(s): Environment; Trees; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


THE PEACE OF WILD THINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: When despair for the world grows in me
Subject(s): Animals; Anxiety; Despair; Nature; Peace; Wilderness


THE PORCH OVER THE RIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: In the dusk of the river, the wind
Last Line: It has grown too dark to see
Subject(s): Rivers


THE REAL WORK    Poem Text    
First Line: It may be that when we no longer know what to do


THE REASSURER    Poem Text    
First Line: A people in the throes of national prosperity, who
Last Line: Has been wakened in the night by a dream of the calamity of peace
Subject(s): Environment; Nature; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


THE RIVER BRIDGED AND FORGOT    Poem Text    
First Line: Bridged and forgot, the river
Last Line: Is this memory or promise?
Subject(s): Religion; Rivers; Theology


THE RIVER VOYAGERS    Poem Text    
First Line: Where the light's bells ring


THE SLIP    Poem Text    
First Line: The river takes the land, and leaves nothing
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion; Theology


THE SNAKE       
First Line: At the end of october / I found on the floor of the woods
Subject(s): Farm Life; Agriculture; Farmers


THE SPRINGS    Poem Text    
First Line: In a country without satins or shrines
Last Line: In bondage to the ground
Subject(s): Rivers


THE SYCAMORE    Poem Text    
First Line: In the place that is my own place, whose earth
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion; Theology


THE TERRAPIN    Poem Text    
First Line: The terrapin and his house are one


THE VACATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Once there was a man who filmed his vacation
Subject(s): Vacation; Nature; Vacation


THE VACATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Once there was a man who filmed his vacation
Subject(s): Nature; Vacation


THE WAY OF PAIN    Poem Text    
First Line: For parents, the only way
Subject(s): Abraham; Christianity; Crucifixion; Pain; Parents; Jesus Christ - Crucifixion; Suffering; Misery; Parenthood


THE WHEEL       
First Line: At the first strokes of the fiddle bow
Subject(s): Christianity; Dancing & Dancers; Religion; Time; Wheels; Theology


THE WILD ROSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sometimes hidden from me
Last Line: Again what I chose before
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion; Theology


THEY    Poem Text    
First Line: I see you down there, white-haired


THEY SIT TOGETHER ON THE PORCH    Poem Text    
Subject(s): Aging; Togetherness


TO A SIBERIAN WOODSMAN (AFTER LOOKING AT SOME PICTURES IN A MAGAZINE)    Poem Text     Recitation
First Line: You lean at ease in your warm house at night after supper
Last Line: Comes up the path from the river in the evening, for joy
Subject(s): Siberia


TO GARY SNYDER    Poem Text    
First Line: After we saw the wild ducks
Last Line: By division we speak, out of wonder
Subject(s): Snyder, Gary (B. 1930)


TO MY CHILDREN, FEARING FOR THEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Terrors are to come. The earth
Last Line: Though the pain of them is on me
Subject(s): Family Life; Parents; Relatives; Parenthood


TO MY MOTHER    Poem Text    
First Line: I was your rebellious son
Subject(s): Mothers & Sons


TO TANYA AT CHRISTMAS    Poem Text    
First Line: Forgive me, my delight
Last Line: That rises on all I know
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion; Theology


TO THE UNSEEABLE ANIMAL    Poem Text    
First Line: Being, whose flesh dissolves
Last Line: Keeps us near you
Subject(s): Christianity; Religion; Theology


TO THINK OF THE LIFE OF A MAN    Poem Text    
First Line: In a time that breaks


TO WHAT LISTENS    Poem Text    
First Line: I come to it again
Last Line: I sing– to what listens– again
Subject(s): Religion; Theology


TO WILLIAM BUTLER YEATS    Poem Text    
First Line: Our kind vandalize the earth
Last Line: The joy and burden of our song
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Yeats, William Butler (1865-1939)


VERSES OF THE SAME SONG: 9    Poem Text    
First Line: And my love has come to me
Last Line: No more sorrowing music
Subject(s): Love


WALNUT ST., OAK ST., SYCAMORE ST., ETC    Poem Text    
First Line: So this is what happened
Last Line: Where they had gone
Subject(s): Environment; Trees; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


WE WHO PRAYED AND WEPT    Poem Text    
Last Line: Send thy necessity
Subject(s): Prayer; Superficiality


WHAT WE NEED IS HERE    Poem Text    
First Line: Geese appear high over us


WHY    Poem Text    
First Line: Why all the embarrassment
Subject(s): Happiness; Joy; Delight


WINDOW POEMS: 19    Poem Text    
First Line: Peace. May he waken
Last Line: Peace to the man in the window
Subject(s): Peace


WINDOW POEMS: 2    Poem Text    
First Line: The foliage has dropped


WOODS    Poem Text    
First Line: I part the out thrusting branches
Last Line: There is flight around me
Subject(s): Blessings; Environment; Trees; Environmental Protection; Ecology; Conservation


WORK SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: By the fall of years I learn
Last Line: And sweat the fields have seasoning
Subject(s): Labor & Laborers; Work; Workers