With Thanks To Wendell

Jun 6, 2016

Wendell Berry and his writing for a solid 10 years or so. As an author, environmental activist and farmer – his words cut deep for me, get straight to what matters – the earth and our place on it. feature-wendell-berry-credit-guy-mendes Not being a poet, I struggle to communicate the power of his words and how they pull on my heart – warming and hurting it at the same time…. So instead – I just use them. A much younger me made a screenprint featuring some of his words – they’re so simple, but resonate so strongly with me I think I pretty much screenprinted every t-shirt I had at the time with the following patch… IMG_6255 They come from one of his poems “Below” which reads like so….

“Above trees and rooftops is the range of symbols: banner, cross and star; air war, the mode of those who live by symbols; the pure abstraction of travel by air. Here a spire holds up an angel with trump and wings; he’s in his element. Another lifts a hand with forefinger pointing up to admonish that all’s not here. All’s not. But I aspire downward. Flyers embrace the air, and I’m a man who needs something to hug. All my dawns cross the horizon and rise, from underfoot. What I stand for is what I stand on.”

I had forgotten about this screen and only just found it gathering dust under our house this past weekend. While I made it around 10 years ago, the words still have such a deep impact on me, so while our little daughter slept, I printed a small number of them to spread the love. I hope like crazy our little daughter gets to grow big and strong to enjoy this earth of ours. I hope that my deep worry over climate change, the plight of refugees and politics seemingly concerned only with maintaining an economic system that is built to break is nothing. I hope I’m wrong and that it’s all fine. In the meantime, I say *yes* to living a life which puts the earth (and all living things) first – to me this just translate to living simply, locally and with enormous intent to do good. Thanks to Wendell for being one of the good ones. wendell-sacred-e1418836804922]]>

your thoughts:

2 Comments

  1. Darryl Restall

    Great post. I am reading “The Gift of Good Land” at the moment. Wendell is fantastic!

    Reply
  2. Kyla

    Beautiful

    Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


You might also like…

The Flower Power Project

The Flower Power Project

The Flower Power Project came from my friend Nadia Danti’s head and heart (she’s the angel above and below right). She was like “hey Hannah, I know we’re all really busy but you wanna use some of our backyards and grow heaps of flowers to give away for free to people...

Community Care

Community Care

2023 was a particularly hard year for my little family. There were numerous work and personal stresses which just kept piling up. My partner (Anton) and I kept saying to each other - it's going to get easier, surely nothing else challenging is going to happen. But...

Home Harvest: Host Call Out 2024

Home Harvest: Host Call Out 2024

We’re happy to announce we’re working with Eat Well Tasmania and Sustainable Living Tasmania to hold our fifth annual “Home Harvest” garden tour in the nipaluna/Hobart region!  Special thanks to the City of Hobart for funding this...

Our Goat Share!

Our Goat Share!

It brings me great joy to let you know that after living without goats for the past 6 months, we now have some again :-). If you're new here a bit of back story. I had goats for almost 6 years and loved them dearly - milking and feeding them daily (you can read a bit...

The Stuff Of Dreams

The Stuff Of Dreams

In 2022/23 I collaborated with Australia reMade to ask people living in lutruwita/Tasmania what they wanted a climate-safe future to look like for their island - we received hundreds of responses. We then worked with local animator Vivien Mason to turn them into a...

The Voice To Parliament Referendum

The Voice To Parliament Referendum

Later this year (2023) Australia we'll be asked to vote in a referendum on whether we should change our constitution to enshrine a First Nations Voice to Parliament. This is a moment not to be underestimated, rather a moment to join in on, a moment to get deeply...

The Flower Power Project

The Flower Power Project

A new project is brewing. This one has come from my dear friend Nadia Danti's brain and I was lucky enough to be invited to join in - it’s a goody. It's a seasonal project where we grow flowers (mostly dahlias) specifically to give away* to people doing meaningful...

Home Harvest 2023: Host Call Out!

Home Harvest 2023: Host Call Out!

We’re happy to announce we’re working with Eat Well Tasmania and Sustainable Living Tasmania to hold our fourth annual “Home Harvest” garden tour in the nipaluna/Hobart region!  Special thanks to the City of Hobart for funding this great initiative. Home Harvest is going to be a one day event on Sunday March 19th, 2023 in and around nipaluna/Hobart where […]

Crowdsourcing Photos For My New Book!

Crowdsourcing Photos For My New Book!

Hi Friends, I’m in the process of writing my second book about how to grow food in any climate in Australia (due out late 2023 with Affirm Press). As it’s covering the whole, vast country I would so very dearly love to include photos of edible gardens in different climates to show folks what’s possible […]

Vote For Gardening Australia!

Vote For Gardening Australia!

Hello Dear Friends, I have two bits of exciting news to share with you, which can be summed up with Costa’s (host of Gardening Australia) gorgeous smile below… After being a guest presenter on Gardening Australia since 2019, I recently became an official permanent member of their team. Oh the joy!!! This is very exciting […]

Getting Ready For The Australian Federal Election!

Getting Ready For The Australian Federal Election!

Any minute we’ll have a date for the Australian federal election. Which means any minute we’ll know the exact day when we can take strong and meaningful action on the climate emergency. Every election is so important, but when it comes to the climate emergency and actually acting in time to prevent runaway climate chaos, […]