The Farmer

13 Apr
or wither and die as the blasted elm from stem to sky 
inner fields of rocks and roots fossilized by self 
made drought, measures failed

yet till the land - excavate new layers 
cultivation is the art 
sunlight and rainfall - but not too damp soil 
full of earth worms making tubes to roots like 
crazy straws greening the seeding wood plant 
but the pests nibble - aphid and cutter worm chew 
beetles drill to the core, but the farmer 
bandages the bleeding tree with tar
the daily rounds in the heartland 

4.0 10/8

© Brian Peter Hodgkinson
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