from Wendell Berry's Prayers and Sayings of the Mad Farmer

Dedicated to my Teacher Trainees…  


At night make me one with the darkness.
In the morning make me one with the light.

Don’t pray for the rain to stop.
Pray for good luck fishing
when the river floods.

Don’t own so much clutter that you will be relieve to see your house catch fire.

Put your hands into the mire.
They will learn the kinship
of the shaped and the unshapen,
the living and the dead.

When I rise up
let me rise up joyful
like a bird.

When I fall
let me fall without regret
like a leaf.

Let me wake in the night
and hear it raining
and go back to sleep

Make the human race a better head.
Make the world a better crop of ground.