Start with the first step

I saw this immensely moving interview this morning by Bill Moyers with poet and prophet Wendell Berry on PBS .

We have desecrated what is sacred and there is an urgent need for all of us to do our part to restore the land.

And if that seems like a monumental task, then he says, lets start at least with the ground where we stand and where we rest our hat.

As this turbulent week filled with the mean spirited antics of selfish politicians played out, watching this interview with legends like Bill Moyers and Wendell Berry gave me hope.

The Peace of Wild Things
Wendell Berry

When despair for the world grows in me
and I wake in the night at the least sound
in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,
I go and lie down where the wood drake
rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.
I come into the peace of wild things
who do not tax their lives with forethought
of grief. I come into the presence of still water.
And I feel above me the day-blind stars
waiting with their light. For a time
I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Here is the interview:

Before the Storm

There is a storm brewing
Dark clouds billowing, holding in water
Gathering for a fight
Pregnant with anger, force and might
The wind speaks to them constantly
Pushing in furious whispers,
Then backing off swiftly
The light fades in and out
Illuminating, transcending
Sometimes the Sun breaks through
Sometimes He gives up the fight

Suddenly an impasse
The terrain is silent
Negotiations in earnest in the skies above
Then someone disagrees and the sound escalates

And Nature waits on the sidelines
Trying to assess collateral damage
Will this one be just about sound
Will it be fury unleashed
Or will it all die down

There is a storm brewing
The wind chimes sing, swing and crash
My house creaks,
My chimney answers, rattles and groans

There is a storm brewing
All I can also do is wait

—Shaku Selvakumar February 2013