Daniell Berrigan, who died Saturday, was know for his anti-war activism and his pacifist theology. Prior to that he had established himself as a poet, one who published numerous volumes of verse over his lifetime. In tribute to someone who served as a tremendous inspiration during my college years, here is one of his poems:
In Memorium, By Daniel Berrigan
A magisterial touch was firm
in the firm mouth turned toward silence, turned
on the making wheel of the world.
Time in its turning
lipped the clay lightly, taught it words
remembered for gentleness when a face recedes
to its stone image in an honored place.
Rest in peace, Dan.
Journal of Natural Hist. Ed.
Natural History Institute
Center for Humans & Nature