Support First Things by turning your adblocker off or by making a  donation. Thanks!

Litter Crew Ahead.
Their budget’s in the red,
but still they have a sign
that has always said:
Litter Crew Ahead.

The younger and the older,
the timid and the bolder,
in a ragged line
they’re down below the shoulder.
In rain that makes them colder,

they patiently collect
the things that we eject,
our wrappers and our wares,
detritus of the wrecked—
all hunted now and pecked.

—Paul Willis

Image by Pixnio via Creative Commons. Image cropped. 

Dear Reader,

Your charitable support for First Things is urgently needed before July 1.

First Things is a proudly reader-supported enterprise. The gifts of readers like you— often of $50, $100, or $250—make articles like the one you just read possible.

This Spring Campaign—one of our two annual reader giving drives—comes at a pivotal season for America and the church. With your support, many more people will turn to First Things for thoughtful religious perspectives on pressing issues of politics, culture, and public life.

All thanks to you. Will you answer the call?

Make My Gift