can a writer be a farmer?


this farm is home base

where i work (if i write,

do i shirk?) don’t ask the

farmer loaded questions;

i’m the farmHer who finds

sweet poetry in life on our

iowa farm, where tall corn

grows, and calves are born

(my poems are calved too)

placental in messy straw.

low mooing of cattle and

hum of machinery drones

on…in rich bass, solid tones

of this daily symphony as

poetry sings higher notes of

melody in quiet moments,

green fields, open space

discovering my place

…oh, gotta go do chores!



Linking to dVerse Poets where Gina hosts poetics tonight…

33 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Grace
    Mar 21, 2019 @ 17:15:50

    I love how your farm work/ life is your background. It is rich with sounds and imagery of creatures and nature.


  2. purplepeninportland
    Mar 21, 2019 @ 12:42:24

    “poetry sings higher notes of

    melody in quiet moments,

    green fields, open space

    discovering my place”

    This is splendid, Lynn. I loved reading it!


  3. rothpoetry
    Mar 20, 2019 @ 21:04:22

    This is great Lynn. I spent five of the best summers of my live on my uncle’s Pennsylvania dairy farm when I was a teenager. I can hear the farm humming behind your words. Well done.


  4. Jane Dougherty
    Mar 20, 2019 @ 15:51:21

    Poems being calved. What a lovely image!


  5. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Mar 20, 2019 @ 15:47:23

    I think a poet needs something else… I think farming is a perfect place to be for writing…


  6. robtkistner
    Mar 20, 2019 @ 12:31:31

    What could be more poetic Lynn, than to be hands on with bringing forth life in the cycle of birth, life, death, and renewal. The family who adopted me came from an agricltural birth right. My wife’s family are cattle ranchers and horse breeders. There is such grace and beauty in what they do. Wonderful fodder for a writer.


  7. rivrvlogr
    Mar 20, 2019 @ 10:37:53

    It would seem your life has rewards in both experience and words.


  8. Frank Hubeny
    Mar 20, 2019 @ 09:36:45

    Nice line: “(my poems are calved too)”


  9. kim881
    Mar 20, 2019 @ 04:36:22

    I’ve never lived on an actual farm but I did live in a farmhouse in Ireland and now I live in a village surrounded by farmers’ fields. I love the idea of poems being calved, Lynn, and the background sound of cattle mooing and machinery humming ‘in rich bass, solid tones / of this daily symphony’ with poetry singing the melody!


  10. Beverly Crawford
    Mar 20, 2019 @ 03:30:52

    I’m many years from the soothing sound of lowing cattle , but your words took me home again. Thank you!


  11. maria
    Mar 20, 2019 @ 02:33:32

    And now that’s what you get from a farmHer . A lovely piece of poetry. 🙂


  12. D. Avery @shiftnshake
    Mar 20, 2019 @ 01:57:49

    You have rich soil for growing poetry. Soul food!


  13. Gina
    Mar 19, 2019 @ 23:53:45

    oh love your play of words and creating new ones, your farm life sounds rich and rewarding, it has the sweet hum of nurturing and blessings


  14. V.J. Knutson
    Mar 19, 2019 @ 23:17:26

    Love it. If poetry flows through your life as easily as this verse than you have the best of both worlds.


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