Practice Resurrection

All text excerpted from Wendell Berry’s “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front.”

Inspired by blog post How to Practice Resurrection and Earth Day Every Day, Through the Luminary Lens  by Bruce Thomas

Imitation is the truest form of flattery.  My friend Bo Mackison and I decided to honor Mr. Berry’s text and Mr. Thomas’s blog post with our personal interpretations of the same.  To see Bo’s blog post honoring the same go here.

 

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.

 

ImageSnowcones Copyright 2014 by Debi Bradford

 

When they want you to buy something
they will call you. When they want you
to die for profit they will let you know.

 

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Momentum Copyright 2013 by Debi Bradford

 

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.

 

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Rosy Dawn Copyright 2007 by Debi Bradford

 

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.

 

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The Hidden Green Copyright 2007 by Debi Bradford

 

Say that the leaves are harvested
when they have rotted into the mold.
Call that profit. Prophesy such returns.

 

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Ponderosa Pine Copyright 2012 by Debi Bradford

 

Put your faith in the two inches of humus
that will build under the trees
every thousand years.

 

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Sunset Buckeye Copyright 2008 by Debi Bradford

 

Expect the end of the world. Laugh.
Laughter is immeasurable. Be joyful
though you have considered all the facts.

 

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New Friend Copyright 2013 by Debi Bradford

 

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.

 

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Salt Marsh Copyright 2013 by Debi Bradford

 

Be like the fox
who makes more tracks than necessary,
some in the wrong direction.

 

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Beach Tracks Copyright 2014 by Debi Bradford

Practice Resurrection

 

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11 comments

  1. I really enjoyed your poem and the images work so well to illustrate it. Your dog smiling is such a cute image. Beautiful Earth Day tribute and so many beautiful habitats in your images.One could definitely sink into any of your images with those words to guide them.

    1. Thank you for such a kind, thoughtful comment. I hope you checked out Bruce’s blog as well since he started the Resurrection blog thing! Also my friend, Bo. I’ve enjoyed seeing all the other renditions. Happy Earth Day!

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