A Sunday Poem | Once There Was Nothing

Oh, friends. I have some sad news to report: I finished my Wendell Berry book of poetry. I gasped when I got to the end and hadn’t realized that I never wanted it to be over! So it feels fitting to share this poem with you today:

Once there was nothing,
not even darkness,
not even silence,
not even nothing.
Think of that.

This Day: Collected and New Sabbath Poems by Wendell Berry

I wish I was friends with Wendell Berry. I wish I could open up gmail and send him an email and tell him exactly what I think of that and have him reply to me. This collection of poetry was nearly 400 pages long, so I’m guessing there were almost that many poems included. It was a wonderful ride!

My next book of poetry will be WHEREAS by Layli Long Soldier. I can’t wait to share some of it with you.

I hope you all enjoy the rest of your weekend and can start the week feeling fresh and ready. Take good care!


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    1. Thanks Gretchen! I’m planning to buy another book of his poetry after I finish the one I have in the wings. I don’t think I can go too long without Wendell’s words in my mind!


  1. You had me really worried there for a moment! I’m sorry your book is over, but the good news is that there is always more to read. I hope your next volume of poetry is just as enjoyable!

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    1. Yay! I found that, no matter how long I went between reading this volume of poetry, everything I read was perfect for the moment I was in. I hope you find the same satisfaction!


  2. Thanks so much for introducing me to Berry’s poetry…a revelation! I had read and loved Hannah Coulter and have Jayber Crowe waiting in the wings.


    1. I’m so happy to hear that! Jayber Crow is one of my all-time favorite books – he and I are such kindred spirits! And the summertime is the perfect time to read it because there’s a lot of gardening in it.


  3. He’s a treasure for sure. I read one of his poems (from The Timbered Choir) for my centering prayer group last week and they asked for another one the next time I lead … the poem fit into this month’s “more stillness” and I’ll be sharing it on my blog next week (stay tuned)


    1. I can’t wait to read the poem! I’m a Wendell Berry Evangelist and I’m happy to hear that you’ve introduced him to the people in your small group 🙂


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