26 June 2013

Future Farming

Like learning wood and weave and waves
as carpenters, weavers and beauticians,

Like mechanics knowing engines
and doctors, butchers and masseuse

engaging body parts—
             Scholars dig deep
in our own fields to know it all

and plant new seeds that advance crops
and express needs. 
            High school teachers

cultivate their students to find
the ones that will take root in time

and bloom in field work and its play
speaking its vocabulary,

wielding the tools currently used,
knowing enough to break the rules.

Inspired by Kim's prompt "Verse First ~ Omniscience" at Poets United.

Copyright © 2013 S.L.Chast
Published at CSHS Quarterly


Brian Miller said...

smiles...appreciate you for this...and not just because i am a high school teacher....smiles..the last line made me smile...

kalpana solsi said...

Scholars dig deep
in our own fields to know it all

Beautiful lines. :)

Laurie Kolp said...

Lovely metaphor, Susan. Do you miss teaching?

Madeleine Begun Kane said...

Really well done!

Lisa Williams said...

Very nice! Wonderful close.

alan1704 said...

I love that last line - so true of all of us. Very well done

Eileen T O'Neill ..... said...


Very clever observation of life throught an educational route...Gaining the confidence, to be a confident rule-breaker..A sign of arrival!!


Sherry Blue Sky said...

I like your view of omniscience better than mine! Far more hopeful!

Susan said...

Sometimes it seems too obvious to say. Thanks, Brian.

Victoria said...

I was going to wait for the anaphora one, but glad I stopped by this. Nicely done, Susan, and I'll be back for more when/if you have it.

rch said...

Keep engaging those young minds, great take on the prompt.

Rosemary Nissen-Wade said...

A good take on the prompt! And thank you for the music. :)

Scarlet said...

My hubby was teaching for many years before we migrated to Canada ~ It wasn't work for me as he love planting those seeds ~ May those roots take hold and bear fruits in the future ~ Happy week Susan ~

Anonymous said...

Land, lots of land, to fill with seedlings and sprouts! nice read