The Real Work

Music by Gretchen Sleicher, words by Wendell Berry


It may be
That when you no longer know what to do
You have come to your real work

And it may be
That when you no longer know which way to go
You have come to your real journey

The mind that is not baffled is not employed
The impeded stream is the one that sings

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I love how this Wendell Berry poem (slightly adapted in the song lyric) celebrates the gifts within the obstacles each of us faces, and helps me know it's natural to be baffled in these times. It is especially meaningful to me because I find such solace and inspiration in singing water: a rocky bottom and logjams are indeed what make a river sing! And that's where my favorite bird, the water ouzel (pictured above), loves to hang out and sing, too.

Gratitude to Samara Jade ( for guitar track, recording and mixing,

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The Real Work

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