On Economy

Chiyomi Longo laartcore.org

Chiyomi Longo    laartcore.org

The larder is empty
in the house of the man
who has never learned
how to plant a seed

The labor is hard
in the field of the man
who’s never mastered
the scythe’s rhythm

The kettle is cold
in the kitchen of the man
whose unblistered hand
lays out green kindling

The winter is long
in the spirit of the man
who has not cultivated
the art of hospitality

The seed bag is light
in the hand of the man
whose first pound of grain
went into a loaf of bread

“In seed time learn, in harvest teach, in winter enjoy.” ~ William Blake


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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4 Responses to On Economy

  1. survival takes practice


  2. Maureen says:

    great poem – but doesn’t seem to apply any more…


    • I know . . . But it is still the rule in my house. We have many young people in our area who are returning from the city to take up ‘small’ farming – organically grown, locally sold at farmers’ markets, eggs from free range chickens w/o antibiotics, grass fed beef, home baked breads . . . It’s a life their grandparents left behind which they would seek to reclaim . . . Of course for every one of them there are ten who are intent on becoming doctors and lawyers and politicians . . . Ha! Thanks for the nice thoughts . . .

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