Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Poetry Wednesday, Volume 5

Catherine has started hosting a poetry Wednesday. I confess to a very small love of poetry - in school it was always too hard and too complicated for me to enjoy. But over the years (because of my husband) I have found a few favorites. Bear with me as I add my little bit to the wonderful poetry available from Catherine and Nathaniel and others. (as soon as her Mr. Linky is up, we'll add ourselves to the list - want to join?)

Manifesto: The Mad Farmer's Liberation Front
by Wendell Berry

Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more
of everything ready made. Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.
And you will have a window in your head.
Not even your future will be a mystery
any more. Your mind will be punched in a
and shut away in a little drawer.
When they want you to buy something
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know.
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 millennium. 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.
Put your faith in the two inches of humus
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.
Listen to carrion-put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come.
Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts.
So long as women do not go cheap
for power, please women more than men.
Ask yourself: Will this satisfy
a woman satisfied to bear a child?
Will this disturb the sleep
of a woman near to giving birth?
Go with your love to the fields.
Lie easy in the shade. Rest your head
in her lap. Swear allegiance
to what is nighest your thoughts.
As soon as the generals and the politicos
can predict the motions of your mind,
lose it. Leave it as a sign
to mark the false trail, the way
your didn't go. Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.


Alan & Beth McManus said...

you MUST get a copy of "Love That Dog" by Sharon primer for poetry I've ever read. Sooo funny. Our kids in co-op loved it and were really turned on to poetry from it...I was too! Don't yet have a copy of the sequel..."Hate That Cat"...oughta be good too. Creech is a wonderful children's lit writer. Walk Two Moons is my fave...a MUST read. "I laughed, I cried, it moved me, Bob." (from Veggie Tales)

Catherine said...

Great poem, Kris! Mr. Linky is up and running now. :)

Molly Sabourin said...

"Be joyful though you have considered all the facts."

I found this piece to be very moving and thought provoking, Kris. I may have to print that one out. Thanks for posting it! I look forward to reading more of your poetry picks.