It’s Wednesday Vignette time again!
Frost on the mums. Snow in the forecast. Light, and more light, abundant even as we draw ever closer to the solstice.
“Found your hope, then, on the ground under your feet.
Your hope of Heaven, let it rest on the ground
Underfoot. Be it lighted by the light that falls
Freely upon it after the darkness of the nights
And the darkness of our ignorance and madness.
Let it be lighted also by the light that is within you,
Which is the light of imagination. By it you see
The likeness of people in other places to yourself
In your place. It lights invariably the need for care
Toward other people, other creatures, in other places
As you would ask them for care toward your place and you.
“No place at last is better than the world. The world
Is no better than its places. Its places at last
Are no better than their people while their people
Continue in them. When the people make
Dark the light within them, the world darkens.”
— from Wendell Berry’s “A Poem on Hope”
Yikes – frost! I need at least another week or so to get everything in the ground, and cleaned up. Hopefully the weather gods will grant my wishes… Lovely close-ups!
Molly – thank you for this beautiful posting. I was not familiar with this Wendell Berry poem, but he could well have written it this week. It speaks to my heart.
Mine too, Connie.