I go by a field where once
I cultivated a few poor crops.
It is now covered with young trees,
for the forest that belongs here
has come back and reclaimed its own.
And I think of all the the effort
I have wasted and all the time,
and of how much joy it I took
in that failed work and how much
it taught me. For in so failing
I learned something of my place,
something of myself, and now
I welcome back the trees.
IX. by Wendell Berry
“No race can prosper till it learns that there is as much dignity in tilling a field as in writing a poem.” —Booker T. Washington