Monday, August 25, 2008

Will be gone Mon - Thurs to Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Work related and am making this trip
without my laptop.

Will be reading:

The Long Dark Tea Time Of The Soul
by Douglas Adams.

The following is Thanks to Paperman.

If like me you know of Wendell Berry but have not read him:


The Mad Farmer Liberation Front

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 card
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 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.

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 down 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
you didn’t go. Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.
Practice resurrection.

Wendell Berry: 1973


tony said...

Have A Good Trip.I hope the coffee is good!

Bobby D. said...

Yeah! What Bench said--may you get goooood coffeee!

mouse (aka kimy) said...

wendell berry... a most wise poet and prophet - I'm happy to learn you are reading him (after I expect admiring him for eons) and by sharing this marvelous manifesto inspire others to do read him also....

you have inspired me to comb my shelves... his essays are always worthy of occasional reread...and of course his poems take flight!

have fun in aa and being unplugged!

have fun with dirk.....

Kurt said...

Have fun! I was without computer Fri-Sun and didn't think of it once.

tut-tut said...

Great poem. Lots in there to stir the pot.

Bobby D. said...

After my film festival ends I plan to take a computer break --I look forward to it.

B said...

what a cool cartoon!

Coffee Messiah said...

tony: Thanks, it was all work! ; (

ched: Am going to have my first since mon right now! ; )

kimy: It was a fun read.

kurt: It's not as hard as people think.

t & t: )

ched: I know you'll enjoy it.

red soul: Thanks for stopping by!
; )