Circles of Our Lives

Circles of Our Lives print
Artist's edition digital print 10.5 x 8 image, on 14 x11-inch acid-free art paper
Price: $29.99

Within the circles of our lives
we dance the circles of the years,
the circles of the seasons
within the circles of the years,
the cycles of the moon
within the circles of the seasons,
the circles of our reasons
within the cycles of the moon.

Again, again we come and go,
changed, changing. Hands
join, unjoin in love and fear,
grief and joy. The circles turn,
each giving into each, into all.

Only music keeps us here,
each by all the others held.
In the hold of hands and eyes
we turn in pairs, that joining
joining each to all again.

And then we turn aside, alone,
out of the sunlight gone

into the darker circles of return.

-Wendell Berry

I have been deeply drawn to circles and circling for a long time. An early effort to write about it is here, and a more recent one about the labyrinth, a special kind of circle, is here.

Calligraphy and painting by Cari Ferraro, 2002

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