the Blade or the Brake

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Pristine and crisp…like a second chance to catch a breath.

Traveling to far-flung acres looking for the new growth of more.

Dank darkness combined with black coffee before propping open… of the barn door.

 

As a young farm hand, I had chance to renew the fields.

Scrubbing for sod.

Boasting with migrant workers during a noon time meal.

 

In the innocence, a lifetime discovery…

tractors run but they also roll.

Choices made were all in timing the blade or the brake.

How little to know…a dry season would be all the calamity it takes.

Small Pleasures

Agriculture is our wisest pursuit, because it will in the end contribute most to real wealth, good morals, and happiness…

Diggin in the dirt, awash in green carpet, tryin to find where I belong.

It is clear, through the snorts and whistles, I am not a contender.

Just a sloppy pretender!

And, if I stand very still, scatterings of flies thwart my will.

Diggin in the dirt to find where I belong.

Bathing in tranquility,

basking in my own glow.

Silly swine cannot be wrong.

Moving the earth, as they do, in such a modest fashion.

Winter in Oz

Broad is not the outreach.

In the land of weathered Oz.

An influx of flexible impossibility, written among the clouds and stars.

Nature’s waiting room of ‘days to come.’

Pastures green with ivory toppings.

Cowardly lions uttering out,

words of wisdom.

Forest of foresight…

Life in a northern town.

No pots of gold.

No yellow brick road.

Only tin-men made of leftover staples.

Stretching out a poor-man’s rotted maples.

Denim debutantes trading in their ruby reds for gathered treasures at the VFW’s lost and found.

It is a solemn road that leads to life in a northern town.

 

 

Mother Has Had Enough!

Carnage of the woods. 

Mother has had enough!

The ducks have flown away.

And, those seeking refuge have no higher ground.

No higher hand.

It seems useless to call her bluff.

Mother has had enough!

When a U.S. Republican senator threw a snowball onto the Senate floor in late February of 2015, he used it to underscore his belief that human-made climate change was an alarmist conclusion. The snowball had been rolled from the Capitol grounds in Washington D.C., which, at the time, was experiencing an uncharacteristically cold winter…

If global warming was real, he posited, how could the nation’s capital experience such severe cold?

Warm temperatures in the Arctic cause the jet stream to take these wild swings, and when it swings farther south, that causes cold air to reach farther south. These swings tend to hang around for awhile, so the weather we have in the eastern United States, whether it’s cold or warm, tends to stay with us longer,” said, Jennifer Francis.

Beyond a need for more scarves and gloves, colder winters could have serious implications for North American farms.

In an op-ed published in Nature alongside the study, noted climate scientist Ana Bastos wrote that the warming temperatures have the potential to weaken vegetation and shorten spring growing periods. The study looked at crop yields recorded by the National Agricultural Statistics Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture and found crop production declined by an average of one to four percent during warmer Arctic years. Some states, however, saw a decline of almost 20 percent.

https://www.nationalgeographic.com/