Rock Prophecy





Get a Grip

The average frequency of death in the USA
Is as follows

Drunk driving 10,288 28 Americans
Are killed by a drunk driver every day.

In hospitals 90,000 one American
Dies from a medical error
Or a lethal infection every 6 minutes.

At home 54,500
One in an accident at home every 10 minutes.

Transport 46,844
One by a traffic accident every 11 minutes.

Poisoning 40,059
One poisoned to death every 13 minutes.

Falls 22,631
One every 23 minutes.

Homicide 18,361
One every 29 minutes.

How many people will die in the next war?
Do you think Donald Trump cares?

What are the chances of him taking us to war?

Do you want to be responsible
For doing nothing to stop him before he takes us there?

Maybe it’s time we quit saluting the flag
While he and Vice President Bannon are burning the Constitution?


 Found poem and cover photo by Rayn Roberts 2017



How much poison are you willing
to eat for the success of the free
market and global trade? Please
name your preferred poisons.

For the sake of goodness, how much
evil are you willing to do?
Fill in the following blanks
with the names of your favorite
evils and acts of hatred.

What sacrifices are you prepared
to make for culture and civilization?
Please list the monuments, shrines,
and works of art you would
most willingly destroy.

In the name of patriotism and
the flag, how much of our beloved
land are you willing to desecrate?
List in the following spaces
the mountains, rivers, towns, farms
you could most readily do without.

State briefly the ideas, ideals, or hopes,
the energy sources, the kinds of security;
for which you would kill a child.
Name, please, the children whom
you would be willing to kill.


~ Wendell Berry


Wendell E. Berry (born August 5, 1934) is an American novelist, poet, environmental activist, cultural critic, and farmer. A prolific author, he has written many novels, short stories, poems, and essays. He is an elected member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers, 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. Berry was named the recipient of the 2013 Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award. On January 28, 2015, he became the first living writer to be inducted into the Kentucky Writers Hall of Fame.