On Composting

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day of sunshine
cold but not freezing
The girls in the hen`house
squawk the reminder
Time to shovel
the compost

It’s the task
only a gardener
can really appreciate
In a month last year’s shit
will have turned rich
dark wormy soil
chemical free

to work into
the garden boxes
for a spring planting
and the summer harvest
a goodness no market
can afford to offer
in their bins

The big bonus
is the brown egg
Sunshine in a Shell
each of the ladies offers
any mid`winter day
quite regardless
of the weather

“Some things you know all your life. They are so simple and true
they must be said without elegance, meter and rhyme.” ~ Philip Levine


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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7 Responses to On Composting

  1. Talia Hardy says:

    Thanks Peter. This one has me smiling.


  2. rewarding and rich…

    Liked by 1 person

  3. cheryl622014 says:

    Great believer in it, literal and metaphorical. We have 9 literal ones in our garden… And the poem made me smile after a horrid week at work, thank you :-)


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