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Wendell Berry - The Man Born to Farming

The Grower of Trees, the gardener, the man born to farming,
whose hands reach into the ground and sprout
to him the soil is a divine drug.  He enters into death
yearly, and comes back rejoicing.  He has seen the light lie down
in the dung heap, and rise again in the corn.
His thought passes along the row ends like a mole.
What miraculous seed has he swallowed
That the unending sentence of his love flows out of his mouth
Like a vine clinging in the sunlight, and like water
Descending in the dark?

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Poet: Wendell Berry
Poem: The Man Born to Farming
Volume: Farming: A Handbook
Year: Published/Written in 1970

Comment 2 of 2, added on April 14th, 2009 at 10:36 PM.

I love this poem. It's such a testament to the farmer, and the country life. I really enjoy rereading it this time of year (April) as we anticipate another glorious gardening season here in Minnesota.

Sheri Pinger from United States
Comment 1 of 2, added on November 28th, 2005 at 5:45 PM.

beautiful

Bethany from United States

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