Happy Birthday Wendell Berry

How to Be a Poet
by Wendell Berry

(to remind myself)

i
Make a place to sit down.
Sit down. Be quiet.
You must depend upon
affection, reading, knowledge,
skill—more of each
than you have—inspiration,
work, growing older, patience,
for patience joins time
to eternity. Any readers
who like your poems,
doubt their judgment.
ii
Breathe with unconditional breath
the unconditioned air.
Shun electric wire.
Communicate slowly. Live
a three-dimensioned life;
stay away from screens.
Stay away from anything
that obscures the place it is in.
There are no unsacred places;
there are only sacred places
and desecrated places.
iii
Accept what comes from silence.
Make the best you can of it.
Of the little words that come
out of the silence, like prayers
prayed back to the one who prays,
make a poem that does not disturb
the silence from which it came.

Originally appeared in Poetry (January 2001).

via http://www.poetryfoundation.org

Poem: Dorothy Hunt, Peace is This Moment Without Judgment

Mount Rainier

Image by Kashyap Hosdurga via Flickr Creative Commons. Click the photo to go to original photo.

Peace is This Moment Without Judgment
by Dorothy Hunt

Do you think peace requires an end to war?
Or tigers eating only vegetables?
Does peace require an absence from
your boss, your spouse, yourself? …
Do you think peace will come some other place than here?
Some other time than Now?
In some other heart than yours?

Peace is this moment without judgment.
That is all. This moment in the Heart-space
where everything that is is welcome.
Peace is this moment without thinking
that it should be some other way,
that you should feel some other thing,
that your life should unfold according to your plans.

Peace is this moment without judgment,
this moment in the heart-space where
everything that is is welcome.

via: http://www.dorothyhunt.org

Regal Felines by Eldar Zakirov

The Hermitage Court Outrunner Cat, by EldarZakirov

Uzbek artist Eldar Zakirov created regal portraits of cats for the Hermitage Museum’s Hermitage Magazine.

Cats play an important role at the St. Petersburg, Russia museum, as evidenced by this clip from the “Museum Secrets” television show.
http://abcnews.go.com/Lifestyle/Pets/slideshow/princely-cat-portraits-19836714

Via.