Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Let hopelessness shrink us


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III
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Yes, though hope is our duty,
let us live a while without it
to show ourselves we can.
Let us see that, without hope,
we still are well.  Let hopelessness
shrink us to our proper size.
Without it we are half as large
as yesterday, and the world
is twice as large.  My small
place grows immense as I walk
upon it without hope.
Our springtime rue anemones
as I walk among them, hoping 
not even to live, are beautiful
as Eden, and I their kinsman
am immortal in their moment.
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~ Wendell Berry

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