A Spiritual Journey

by Wendell Berry


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And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles,
no matter how long,
but only by a spiritual journey,
a journey of one inch,
very arduous and humbling and joyful,
by which we arrive at the ground at our feet,
and learn to be at home.

-- from The Collected Poems of Wendell Berry, 1957-1982, by Wendell Berry

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Commentary by Ivan M. Granger

I keep returning to the poetry of Wendell Berry. Few writers these days are truly willing to be still and to befriend the world of growing things outside the city limits. In the modern world, that's practically considered blasphemy. Writers like that get labeled "poet" and a "crank" so they can be safely ignored -- unless their writing is unavoidably good, filled with the presence and heart secretly craved by culture. Wendell Berry's words are like that.

And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles,
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