do unto others…



It’s the 86th birthday of environmental writer Wendell Berry,

born in Port Royal, Kentucky (1934).


Berry publishes poetry, essays, and novels, most of which reflect his concern for the natural world and the ways we interact with it.

Berry continues to live and work on his farm in his hometown.

Berry said, “Do unto those downstream as you would have those upstream do unto you.”

He said, “You can best serve civilization by being against what usually passes for it.”

And he said,

“Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup.”


Don in1988

Don in 1988


living with you is a “stretch”:

climbing to the man-cave
hanging from the monkey bars
lowering the toilet seat

moving the car seat back
clearing the dishes in the sink
moving things from the washer to dryer

folding the clothes
stacking on shelves
finding the remote

cleaning the bird poop from the deck
balancing the tires on the Rogue
waxing the paint

manicuring your nails
tailoring your pants
listening to your encyclopedic lessons

starting over each day
taking time for the tidbits
being washed downstream with you.

coo coo ki choo!

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