Sunday, December 22, 2013

...deeply planted.............

"Attend to the little ones,"
said William Blake, and long
before Blake spoke or wrote
shepherds obeyed him, watching
over the births of lambs.
Like human beings at the beginning
and the end of their lives, these 
little ones are in need
of everything, having not
a breath that is not given.
By Nature's gift they live,
and at times by human help,
the shepherd finding in himself
the world's tenderness deeply
planted, sorrow always
that even the least should be lost.

-Wendell Berry

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