Poem: The Future
Poem: The Future

Poem: The Future

September 1 st 2011
Appears in Fall 2011

For God's sake, be done
with this jabber of "a better world."
What blasphemy! No "futuristic"
twit or child thereof ever
in embodied light will see
a better world than this, though they
foretell inevitably a worse.
Do something! Go cut the weeds
beside the oblivious road. Pick up
the cans and bottles, old tires,
and dead predictions. No future
can be stuffed into this presence
except by being dead. The day is
clear and bright, and overhead
the sun not yet half finished
with his daily praise.

Wendell Berry
from Given (Counterpoint, 2005)

Topics: Vocation
Wendell Berry
Wendell Berry

Wendell Berry is an American novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer.


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