The Desert Challenge

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. 
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.

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



4 Responses to “The Desert Challenge”

  1. Oh, wow! I love those words! They should be in the bible somewhere!! I’m going to have to check out this book! Also, tell me about the site it came from…

    Love you two more than Mexican Mariachis!

  2. jikarner Says:

    this poem makes me want to paint something surrealist. i don’t know where you guys find all of these great excerpts, but keep it up.

  3. Lisa & Isaac,

    Our friends Aaron and Jenah introduced us to Wendell Berry. He is an earthy poet, deep faith, with a touch of Whitman somewhere in there. We are psyched about this poet. They actually just got us one of Wendell’s books, A Timbered Choir.

    Thanks for the love.

  4. “So, friends, every day do something
    that won’t compute.”
    – I needed those words today
    Thanks you two,

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