Farm and field
By KATHLEEN G. GRIMALDI
Sometimes theres an invisibility
to khaki-colored farmlands left fallow
throughout the growing season.
Wide expanses of no growing thing.
Scattered pieces of abandoned machinery.
A lone tire swinging back, forth
from the limb of a lone tree.
Sometimes it takes a certain kind of faith
to see past the lands emptiness,
to see in the waiting
the farm lands awakening,
to hold oneself open,
like the land,
for a new growing season.
By MARCIA NEHEMIAH
Was it the early, heavy snow,
or a bear harvesting her final meal
before the wintering in
that forced the rotting poles to fall?
Some unseen urge joined
with cold, shorter days to offer
these last morsels of corn and cucumber
to the earths nibbling wild things.
Sunflowers, tomatoes, chard retract
from their blackened stems
with one final exhalation to the sun.
They know the wisdom of letting go.
They know how to wait in silence
in a white field.
This weeks Celebrations poets:
Kathleen G. Grimaldi lives and writes in Lords Valley, PA. In summers, she divides her time between the mountains of Connecticut, where she grew up, and the mountains along the Delaware in Pennsylvania. Her work has appeared in two anthologies and she has been a participating poet in the Robert Frost Festival of Poetry held annually at his farm in New Hampshire.
Marcia Nehemiah, of Lackawaxen, PA, received the 2007 Betty June Silconas Poetry Center Judges Award and honorable mention in the 2008 Mulberry Poets and Writers Association Poetry Contest. Two of her poems were cited for Honorable Mention in Perigees 2006 Poetry contest. Her book of poems, Reclamation, is available at Signature Gifts in Narrowsburg, NY; Main Street Books in Honesdale, PA; and Mill Run Booksellers in Milford, PA. She is a member of the Upper Delaware Writers Collective and writes a column on sustainable living for The River Reporter.