Thursday, March 8, 2012

Poems of Work and Rest

This is an excerpt from A Timbered Choir (Wendell Berry, Poem VII 1979):

It is a hard return from Sabbath rest
To lifework of the fields, yet we rejoice,
Returning, less condemned in being blessed.

By vision of what human work can make:
A harmony between forest and field,
The world as it was given for love's sake,
The world by love and loving work revealed

As given to our children and our Maker....
I am thinking about how work and rest are intertwined. If I do a good job at work during the week, how will it affect my "Sabbath"? If I rest well, how will it affect how I work?