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On time, technology, and a celebration of slowness

What comes from silence

Stones 1

How to be a Poet (to remind myself)
by Wendell Berry

Make a place to sit down.
Drawing by Honor AppletonSit down. Be quiet.
You must depend upon
affection, reading, knowledge,
skill-more of each
than you have-inspiration
work, growing older, patience,
for patience joins time
to eternity...

Stones 2

Breathe with unconditional breath
the unconditioned air.
Shun electric wire.
Communicate slowly. Live
Drawing by Harrison Weira three-dimensional life;
stay away from screens.
Stay away from anything
that obscures the place it is in.
There are no unsacred places;
there are only sacred places
and desecrated places.

Stones 3

Stone 4

Accept what comes from silence.
Drawing by HJ FordMake the best you can of it.
Of the little words that come
out of the silence, like prayers
prayed back to the one who prays,
make a poem that does not disturb
the silence from which it came.

Stones 5"How to Be a Poet" is from  Given: Poems by Wendell Berry (Counterpoint, 2006); all rights reserved by the author. The drawings above are by Honor Appleton, Harrison Weir, and H.J. Ford,