The close of the year is a time for reflection, when long hours of darkness make doing useful work difficult, and cold weather makes staying indoors seem like the best option.
Wendell Berry, one of my favorite poets, is always handy with words of guidance about how we should aim to be in the world. Wendell can come across as a bit pompous at times, but as a poet, I think he’s earned it.
My Christmas gift to you, an excerpt from Mr. Berry’s latest book, “What are People FOR?”:
“We clasp the hands of those who go before us, and the hands of those who come after us;
we enter the little circle of each other’s arms,
and the larger circle of lovers whose hands are joined in a dance,
and the larger circle of all creatures, passing in and out of life, who move also in a dance, to a music so subtle and vast that no ear hears it except in fragments.”
This Yuletide season, I hope you enter many little circles of arms, and hear many fragments of the music of life.