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Practice Resurrection: Photographs to Wendell Berry’s Manifesto

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

Before I began my retreat, a friend who happens to be one of my favorite photographers, Bo Mackinson, invited me to participate in the start of a movement.  Bo published a post on Easter titled Practice Resurrection, putting her images to Wendell Berry’s “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front.”  The following is my answer to her invitation, and to Wendell Berry’s call.  It’s also my way of honoring Earth Day.

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Love the quick profit, the annual raise,
vacation with pay. Want more

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of everything ready-made.  Be afraid
to know your neighbors and to die.

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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.

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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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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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Denounce the government and embrace
the flag. Hope to live in that free
republic for which it stands.

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Give your approval to all you cannot
understand. Praise ignorance, for what man
has not encountered he has not destroyed.

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Ask the questions that have no answers.
Invest in the millennium. Plant sequoias.

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Baby sequoia

Say that your main crop is the forest
that you did not plant,
that you will not live to harvest.

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

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

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Listen to the carrion– put your ear
close, and hear the faint chattering
of the songs that are to come.

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

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

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Practice resurrection.

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Excerpts from “Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front” by Wendell Berry.

Note:  This is a scheduled post.  I’ll be back on Sunday.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂




Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

17 thoughts on “Practice Resurrection: Photographs to Wendell Berry’s Manifesto

  1. Perfect.
    “that you did not plant, that you will not live to harvest.” That sort of selflessness and understanding is so rare now. Makes all the difference in society and life.
    Such an enjoyable post. Now off with you. Live. Play! Hasta later


    1. Thank you, PhilosopherMouse. 🙂 The pendulum tends to swing back and forth, and maybe it’s time for it to swing back to where that sort of selflessness and understanding is not so rare.


  2. I adore your interpretation, Robin, and LOVE your photography! I look forward to following along here with your other readers and getting to know you better. Happy Earth Day!


    1. Thank you so much, Debi. 🙂 I apologize for taking so long to respond to comments. I was on an at-home retreat this week. I’m so glad Bo issued this invitation. It gave me the opportunity to meet you. 😀


Comments are delightful and always appreciated. I will respond when I can (life is keeping me busy!), and/or come around to visit you at your place soon. Thank you!

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