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The Empty Place

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Image from Castle in the Sky.

“Respect was invented to cover the empty place where love should be.”

― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

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Wounded Healers

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“We are needy people helping needy people. We are wounded healers offering cool cups of water to thirsty people.”

~ Jeff Blake, The Seven Last Words of Christ

In This World

In This World
by Wendell Berry

The hill pasture, an open place among the trees,
tilts into the valley. The clovers and tall grasses
are in bloom. Along the foot of the hill
dark floodwater moves down the river.
The sun sets. Ahead of nightfall the birds sing.
I have climbed up to water the horses
and now sit and rest, high on the hillside,
letting the day gather and pass. Below me
cattle graze out across the wide fields of the bottomlands,
slow and preoccupied as stars. In this world
men are making plans, wearing themselves out,
spending their lives, in order to kill each other.