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I stumbled across this poem when looking for a Wendell Berry quote the other day, and it woke up a small quiet place inside me.  I printed it out and keep it at my desk at work, to remind myself of the centering space I enter while writing, and to have a few words to bring me back to that enlivened stillness where creativity is born.

“How to be a Poet (to remind myself)”
 
Make a place to sit down.
Sit down.  Be quiet.
You must depend upon
affection, reading, knowledge,
skill–more of each
than you have–inspiration
work, growing older, patience,
for patience joins time
to eternity…
 
Breathe with unconditional breath
the unconditioned air.
Shun electric wire.
Communicate slowly.  Live
a three-dimensional life;
stay away from screens.
Stay away from anything
that obscures the place it is in.
There are no unsacred places;
there are only sacred places
and desecrated places.
 
Accept what comes from silence.
Make the best you can of it.
Of the little words that come
out of the silence, like prayers
prayed back to the one who prays,
make a poem that does not disturb
the silence from which it came.
 
~Wendell Berry