One Mind Between Them


They sit together on the porch, the dark
Almost fallen, the house behind them dark.
Their supper done with, they have washed and dried
The dishes–only two plates now, two glasses,
Two knives, two forks, two spoons–small work for two.
She sits with her hands folded in her lap,
At rest. He smokes his pipe. They do not speak,
And when they speak at last it is to say
What each one knows the other knows. They have
One mind between them, now, that finally
For all its knowing will not exactly know
Which one goes first through the dark doorway, bidding
Goodnight, and which sits on a while alone.
~Wendell Berry from “A Timbered Choir”

One thought on “One Mind Between Them

  1. What a beautiful tribute to marriage, the sacred commitment between a man and a woman to become one in body and in spirit. It is especially meaningful in today’s society that seems not to value such a long-term commitment and continues to alter the original intent of the Judeo-Christian heritage.


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