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    Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front (second half) Ask the questions that have no answers. Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias. Say that your main
    Message 1 of 1 , Aug 1, 2006

       
      Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front
      (second half)
       

      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 down in the shade. Rest your head
      in her lap. Swear allegiance
      to what is highest 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 ~
       

       
      (Collected Poems)
       
       
       
       
       



       
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