No going back

No Going Back by Wendell Berry

No, no, there is no going back.
Less and less you are
that possibility you were.

More and more you have become
those lives and deaths
that have belonged to you.

You have become a sort of grave
containing much that was
and is no more in time, beloved
then, now, and always.

And you have become a sort of tree
standing over a grave.

Now more than ever you can be
generous toward each day
that comes, young, to disappear
forever, and yet remain
unaging in the mind.

Every day you have less reason
not to give yourself away.

Wendell Berry (born August 5, 1934) is a novelist, poet, essayist, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer. He is a recipient of The National Humanities Medal, and the Jefferson Lecturer for 2012. He is also a 2013 Fellow of The American Academy of Arts and Sciences. I consider his writing of “the Agrarian Standard” the most accurate analysis of our current situation.

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