Monday, December 15, 2014

The Agricultural Worker's Ode to Labor

("I and the Village" by Marc Chagall, 1911.)


A farm worker, I make my rounds with every step upon the ancient soil, 
which bears my weight and carries me, as it had my forbears before me, 
steadfastly and silently.

The day is finally done, and my feet are sore, my shoulders weary. 
But tonight my spirit is light, and I’ll remember with blessedness, 
the labor of my kin and neighbors, milking cows and harvesting the field crops, 
patiently and purposely, that we may all live and grow as one community.

Tonight I will sing a hymn, thankful for the industriousness of my people, 
and with my guitar serenade the village, and the ricefield we plow but do not own,
as the countryside lays to rest under the evening sky,
guarded by its nipa huts, and solitary chapel.


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Sunday, December 14, 2014

December Morns

December Morn 1

The sun must rise earlier in December:
I've driven by this intersection every weekday morning,
at quarter to seven, and it's the first time
the sunlight makes me squint.

Before I cross, an old lady on the left sidewalk,
and a young boy on the right, move to cross.
I stop and let them exchange places,
and I wonder, "Where are they going?"

Then I wonder, "Do they also wonder where
I'm going?"

A horn beeps behind me, this morn
when the sun goes up earlier
in cold December.

December Morn 2

It must be getting cold in the mornings:
was gargling and spitting
while peeing.

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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

I Hate Thuds!

I hate THUDS!

Ever since they grew up
to be rambunctious children, I
always pray that those
are nothing but the sounds
of their feet landing...

(Oh God! Only their feet -- PLEASE!)


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