Saturday, January 7, 2017

Answers



Answers
mixed media collage, 7 x 4 inches
ingredients: vintage book pages, ephemera, watercolor pencil
Available for purchase here.


Manifesto: The Mad Farmer Liberation Front (excerpt)
 By Wendell Berry

Denounce the government and embrace
You need to make a commitment, and once you make it, then life will give you some answers. Les Brown
Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/keywords/answers.htmlDenounce 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....


I have no answers, but this, one of my most favorite poems by my favorite Kentucky writer Wendell Berry, makes me feel there may yet be reason to hope...




6 comments:

  1. Another beauty............happy new year!!!

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    1. Thanks, Cynnie! I hope you'll have a happy new year as well!

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  2. I love this collage and poem, and I agree. xoxo

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  3. Thank you, Annie. I feel as though the world has been turned upside down and backwards, but hopefully we will learn and endure...

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  4. Gorgeous as always!
    Wishing you a very Happy Creative New Year!

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    1. Thanks so much, Gaby! Happy new year to you, too!

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