Accept What Comes From Silence



the vast

diminish you;

the silence

ruffle your feathers;


sculpt its tribute

on your face.

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 the one who prays,

make a poem that does not disturb

the silence from which it came.
   Wendell Berry

in “How to Be a Poet”

               final stanza added on in New Collected Poems

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