Sunday, March 23, 2014

Poetry Interlude

I've previously admitted to being a fan of poetry, and have shared a number of poems with you in this space. Here's another great one I ran across a short while ago ...

by Wendell Berry

How much poison are you willing
to eat for the success of the free
market and global trade? Please
name your preferred poisons.

For the sake of goodness, how much
evil are you willing to do?
Fill in the following blanks
with the names of your favorite
evils and acts of hatred.

What sacrifices are you prepared
to make for culture and civilization?
Please list the monuments, shrines,
and works of art you would
most willingly destroy

In the name of patriotism and
the flag, how much of our beloved
land are you willing to desecrate?
List in the following spaces
the mountains, rivers, towns, farms
you could most readily do without.

State briefly the ideas, ideals, or hopes,
the energy sources, the kinds of security;
for which you would kill a child.
Name, please, the children whom
you would be willing to kill.

The best poetry, like the best essays, derive their power from the thinking they force you to do. I think this one does a lot of forcing.

Have a good day. Think about how you'd answer the questionnaire.

More thoughts tomorrow.



The Mistress of the Dark said...

The end reminds me of something from the 50th anniversary Doctor Who special...when the Doctor was asked...How many children were on Gallifrey when he burned it....

eViL pOp TaRt said...

A disturbing poem. Sometimes lofty ideals might serve to excuse enormities. We have to guard against that.

Mike said...

Unfortunately there are people that have monetary answers to all those questions.

Elvis Wearing a Bra on His Head said...

None for killing a child, despoiling the land, or other of these.

No poisons for capitalism.

Strange questions.

Big Sky Heidi said...

Very thoughtful.