As some of you may know by now ... I grew up in a rural area ... in the hill country of Southern Illinois, as a matter of fact.
No surprise, then, that today's poem ... an attempt to paint some images with as few words as possible ... has roots that go all the way back there.
No, I didn't live on a farm.
By the time I came along, my grandparents had opted for a smaller place ... just big enough to have a few cats, a few chickens, a dog, rows of berries, corn, potatoes, a couple of fruit-bearing trees, and ... my favorite place ... a grape arbor.
But we were well within earshot of several farms ... and their sounds ... their music, if you will.
One of my favorite numbers involved a barn door sliding open ... and a tractor rolling out with its throaty song all about work.
So there you are ... and here's the poem:
First light comes
a door slides open
like muffled thunder
then, on the breeze,
a tractor's song.
(originally published in Capper's)
Today's word: slumbering