My dear wife is on a Wendell Berry poetry kick. Of course, that means I get roped in and read to despite the fact that I’m not so keen about everything Berry writes. Nonetheless, this one below appealed to us both and we thought it would make for an inspiring and thought-provoking Sunday Morning Quotation.
From poem VIII in section “Sabbaths 2003” of his book Given:
All that patriotism requires, and all that it can be,
is eagerness to maintain intact and incorrupt
the founding principles of the nation, and to preserve
undiminished the land and the people. If national conduct
forsakes these aims, it is one’s patriotic duty
to say so and to oppose. What else have we to live for?