look how much fun we had

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Look how much fun we had

playing in the dirt,

kneeling, squatting,

bending at the waist,

lathing at the land

 

With shovels and

bare hands and

harvest knives

and hori hori,

we’d spade and slash

and yank and

twist and

snap off

the broccoli heads,

the sugar peas,

the strawberries and

sweet peppers

 

Wresting them

from stems

that brought

produce to fruition;

produced fruits

for our labors;

that labored long

through the hot Carnation summer

to synthesize sugar from sunlight

and water and

carbon dioxide—

botanical alchemy, this—

and that, at last,

gave birth

to gourd,

serrate leaf,

compact inflorescence,

aggregate achene

 

Look how much fun we had

playing farmer in the dell

packing crates with

pounds of produce,

crating veggies

to the tractor,

tracking mud

from one valley

into the next

 

Afterwards we’d sigh

and wipe besmeared arms

across besmeared brows,

and rejoice

in aching jubilation

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