Sunday, March 23, 2008

"Practice Resurrection."

excerpt from
Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front
by Wendell Berry

So, friends, every day do something
that won't compute. Love the Lord.
Love the world. Work for nothing.
Take all that you have and be poor.
Love someone who does not deserve it.
Denounce the government and embrace
the flag. Hope to live in that free
republic for which it stands.
Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
has not encountered he has not destroyed.

Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millenium. Plant sequoias.
Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.
Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.

Happy Easter, friends.

Thanks to Slacktivist for pointing to this beautiful poem, and several others, which brought tears to my eyes. Do click at the top of the post to read the whole poem!