Reading from City Slicker’s Guide to the Amish Country 3/4/17


Country Feed Supply

As Winter tries to close its fist
on the furrowed fields
where discs turn
for the umpteenth time, there’s a memory
in the kernels of corn
dormant ’til Spring— a memory of green,
a memory of gold, a memory of shoots
and roots to behold.

It’s a miracle of darkness
and the blessing of light
when sun warms seeds to life.
The unfurling of Spring
is the beauty of God, peace
to Summer, praise
to storm, food on the table
and the chattel floor.

From field to hopper,
from hopper to bin, from bin to truck
then up and up
the Country Feed Store’s sixty-five foot
grain-leg drop. Feed for horses,
feed for pigs, feed for cattle,
chicken and eggs. One bag, two,
three bags full
of the sweetest seeds— non-GMO.

my newest book available in paperback on Amazon, April 2017.
Richard Rensberry, Author at QuickTurtle Books®

7 thoughts on “Reading from City Slicker’s Guide to the Amish Country 3/4/17

  1. Sonyo Estavillo March 8, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    I lived in North Country (what they call Upstate New York) for about 2 years and can recall the excitement of snow finally going away. I love spring and the this poem reminds me of the four seasons. I don’t enjoy the 4 seasons anymore because I only have one- sun shine as I live in Southern California. But hey, I’m not complaining. 🙂


    • Upstate New York has similar climate to Northern Michigan, a bit more temperate I’d say. We just lost power for two days. 50 mile an hour winds.
      I spent over thirty years in California, the seasons are subtle. Not here. Here they are explosive.
      I enjoy them all. A little sunshine and a round of golf would be nice about right now, but hey, I’m not complaining either.

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      • Sonyo Estavillo March 9, 2017 / 6:16 pm

        Wow, good luck with that power outage and 50 mile an hour winds definitely sounds wild. I loved your poem and how it captured seasonal changes. I’m looking forward to your future posts. 🙂

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  2. lifecameos March 6, 2017 / 8:24 am

    Such a lovely rural feel to this poem – fertile earth, blue sky, open spaces.

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  3. anotetohuguette March 6, 2017 / 1:45 am

    It snowed again today and as I read your lilting words just now, a lovely light has appeared in the sky, leaving me hopeful that spring is just around the corner!

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