Poem in Your Pocket (Yester)Day

poeminyourpocketThe following discovery. Rocked. My world!

Apparently yesterday was Poem in Your Pocket Day – a day to appreciate poetry and to carry one around in your pocket (or share one on your blog…)

That. Is. Awesome! As a poetry fan I’m a little upset that I missed this, but I’m making up for it today. Turns out one of my odd little habits (that is to Google poetry when I’m bored) comes in handy from time to time. The following poem that I’m sharing for Poem in Your Pocket (Yester)Day is by Wendell Berry.

“The Silence” by Wendell Berry.

Though the air is full of singing
my head is loud
with the labor of words.

Though the season is rich
with fruit, my tongue
hungers for the sweet of speech.

Though the beech is golden
I cannot stand beside it
mute, but must say

“It is golden,” while the leaves
stir and fall with a sound
that is not a name.

It is in the silence
that my hope is, and my aim.
A song whose lines

I cannot make or sing
sounds men’s silence
like a root. Let me say

and not mourn: the world
lives in the death of speech
and sings there.

Emma Dumitra.
Image from http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/406.
Wendell Berry’s “The Silence” taken from http://www.poetry-chaikhana.com.

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