I read a reference to the last two words on Tonia's facebook so I gave the poem to my students on Thursday. These words also which struck the ears of these wonderful high school students who want have everything on their transcripts to win scholarships and get in to the college of their choice and also to love the Lord:
every day do something
that won’t compute
I asked: What do you think "Practice Resurrection" looks like?
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. 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. When
they want you to buy something they will call you. When they want you to
die for profit they will let you know.
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. Denounce 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
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
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. 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.