Raising Issues

The farmer

raises his son

to till the land

to feel in the soil

the earth’s promise

to read in the cloud

the rain’s presence

to see in the awn

a harvest’s hour

and at the dusk

the worth of

daily labor 


The teacher

rears a daughter

to good manners

to think then to speak

so as to be reasonable

to seek for information

so as to be intelligent

to report on the truth

rather than the self

and at graduation

the value of



 The preacher

nurtures a child

toward righteousness

to be better than good

by setting grander goals

to please every authority

by meeting expectation

to act a dramatic role

by memorizing lines

to bow with and at

the curtain

of grace


About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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2 Responses to Raising Issues

  1. the children are the future – last three lines are just wonderful


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