as the farmer…life


as intense eyes

scan darkening skies,

playful wind flaps shirt sleeves.


as strong shoulders

stack square hay bales,

rising dust covers tanned skin.


as nimble feet

climb grain bin ladder,

straw chaff infiltrates flaxen hair.


as skillful hands

manipulate diverse tools,

old grease wedges under fingernails.


as experienced ears

attune engines musical noise,

stale soybeans nest in jean pockets.


as determined teeth

test corn kernel moisture,

rich manure clings to chore boots.


as gentle arms

carry bawling calf or kitten,

pelting rain drips off seed cap bill.


This is a “list poem”, 

inspired by and dedicated to my farmer.

Linked to d’Verse Poets


18 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Constance Ann Morrison
    Oct 27, 2014 @ 13:48:22

    I can nod my head “yes” to so many of these, especially the grain du jour discovered in pockets as I load jeans and sweatshirts into the washer


  2. zongrik
    Oct 25, 2014 @ 02:38:43

    manipulate diverse tools — hmmm have anything to do with dvers poets?

    hurricane and jordan


  3. Justin Lamb
    Oct 25, 2014 @ 02:04:00

    This is endearing. It’s also written in way where I feel like I can see and smell all the elements in it. The form you used in each stanza is cool, too.


  4. claudia
    Oct 24, 2014 @ 20:20:09

    what a beautiful capture of him – reminded me a bit of my uncle and my cousin who used to be farmers… it brought even back the scents of hay – of machine grease – cow stable… loved to go there in the summer holidays…


    • lynn__
      Oct 25, 2014 @ 14:58:58

      thanks, claudia…i first fell “in love” with the farm on my summer vacations to my uncle’s farm as well…then i fell in love with a farmer and transplanted to the country!


  5. Kathy Reed
    Oct 24, 2014 @ 19:52:52

    Seems to come from some experience on a farm…pretty complete list and well written, too.


  6. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Oct 24, 2014 @ 19:01:18

    Very well portrayed .. so many aspects of the farmer


  7. bleibalien
    Oct 24, 2014 @ 18:25:36

    Groovy piece. Love- “as experienced ears / attune engines musical noise,”


  8. Sumana Roy
    Oct 24, 2014 @ 17:38:55

    it’s truly the love of a farmer for his very special and hard life…portrayed beautifully ….


  9. Tony Maude
    Oct 24, 2014 @ 15:44:32

    I can see him in every stanza, Lynn. Your use of repetition helps to raise this list above the mundane, and you’ve skilfully included something for all the senses in your list.


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