“If there are a ‘chosen few’…” Wendell Berry

If there are a “chosen few”

then I am not one of them

if an “elect”, well then

I have not been elected.

I am one who is knocking

at the door. I am one whose foot

is on the bottom rung.

But I know that Heaven’s

bottom rung is Heaven

though the ladder is standing

on the earth where I work

by day and at night sleep

with my head upon a stone.

-Wendell Berry, from “Leavings: Poems” 2010.

Jacob's Ladder Albert Houthuesen 1966
Jacob’s Ladder
Albert Houthuesen 1966


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