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Thursday, April 1, 2021



What does it mean to be a farmer anymore?

Who owns that title?


Is it the…


Landlord-farmer, floating above the loamy-green

Detached from the earth


The farmer who does not plant or work in the soil

Absent from the field


Tractors driven by satellite, the spring plantings

Artificial stars


Who is the farmer? The landlord or the field-hand

The sewer, reaper


Crawling down the rows, fingers pressed into the dirt

Seeds and prayers and hope


Is she the farmer; is he? The unnamed hireling

Toiling in the sun


Sweat dripping from the brow, laborers watering

Nameless boys and girls


People without a claim, or recourse to the law

Dreamers without land


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