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Riehlife Poem of the Day: Wendell Berry’s “The Hidden Singer”

The Hidden Singer
by Wendell Berry
from The Selected Poems of Wendell Berry (Copyright © 1998)

The gods are less for their love of praise.
Above and below them all is a spirit that needs nothing
but its own wholeness, its health and ours.
It has made all things by dividing itself.
It will be whole again.
To its joy we come together---
the seer and the seen, the eater and the eaten,
the lover and the loved.
In our joining it knows itself. It is with us then,
not as the gods whose names crest in unearthly fire,
but as a little bird hidden in the leaves
who sings quietly and waits, and sings.


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  1. What a wonderful thought to share today Janet.I am a big fan of Wendall's. His work explains the interaction of nature with its source. I describe it as being a whole part of another whole that recognizes diversity and sees through the illusion and becomes the seer. Singing a song of unity I dance from one branch of consciousness to another and learn to love myself in totality.

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