See them working
the fields in this fierce heat
White shirts over bent backs
red ball`caps on their heads
planting seedlings

down endless rows
never looking to either side
At first glance they look like
pelicans grubbing for grain
These are not birds

but the field`workers
assuring us of fresh greens
when we push shopping carts
thru the produce sections
of our super`markets

In another month
they’ll be back in these fields
to harvest what they’re planting
Meantime it’s to another row
and to another field

Their names are
as familiar to us as their faces
Juan & Maria Esteban & Rosita
Miguel Carlos Juanita Emilio
See them working!

Weigh them heavy on justice’s scales!


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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5 Responses to Field`Workers

  1. Pingback: Field`Workers — Gathering Stones Strung on Threads | Booknvolume

  2. been there, done that – spent a bit of time picking asparagus for Watties – back-breaking…


    • Wouldn’t have imagined it, Maureen – I picked peaches as a young man but that was on a ladder, not in the soil . . . Very few ‘citizens’ are wiling to do the work ‘migrants’ do for us . . . Thanks for the comment!

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