Love Like a Farmer
by Rex Wilder
You know growing isn’t automatic,
Even if it’s growing old, or apart.
A good harvest depends on work,
An optimistic temperament on
The part of nature, & seedlings,
Plenty of seedlings. Don’t grow
Anything faster than the corn,
Wheat, or soy want to grow. You
Can’t force perfection, or even try
For it. Love as hard as you want
& see whatever golden crop shows
Up in your dreams, but love wise.
It’s not a game of dodgeball,
Water balloons, or even of thrones.
Love by not loving; give your soul
Quietly each day to people you meet,
Dogs, & new plots of the future.
When there is food on the table,
Feel the grace you say. This is what
It’s like to love with your clothes
On. Overalls will save your life.