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What If Nature Could Remember or Dream?

After I posted Open Heart; Open Mind, I recalled a Wendell Berry poem entitled In a Country Once Forested. I wondered what if nature really could remember? What would that be like? What if nature were a dreamer of dreams? I think Wendell Berry says it beautifully and wisely in this poem.

The young woodland remembers

the old, a dreamer dreaming

of an old holy book,

an old set of instructions,

and the soil under the grass

is dreaming of a young forest,

and under the pavement the soil

is dreaming of grass.

I think nature is can recall and able to dream dreams. It might look like this.

About ivonprefontaine

I am a retired educator who is currently completing a PhD. Prior to teaching, I worked in private industry for 15 years and returned to university to earn my education degree. For the last 17 years I taught, I was a teacher in a unique, progressive, alternative educational school of choice. Currently, I am engaged in a doctoral program at Gonzaga University in Spokane. My dissertation topic is how teachers experience becoming who they are as teachers, as human subjects.

7 responses »

  1. I think nature does remember because that is how some of it does look. Our bodies remember our ancestors. Wendell Berry is very gently pointed in his poems.

  2. What a beautiful thought. This has never occured to me, even knowing plants and trees can feel.🙂

  3. That was a beautiful poem, thank you Ivon… and sad too, as we cover up more and more of the globe with concrete in various incarnations.!

  4. Touching poem, thank you. Have a nice weekend, Ivon.


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