Harvester moves slow through thicket of field
Fog is pierced by street lamp spots
Rye plant tousled under wheel
Locust flock to ergot.
Moonlight ceased in dawns delight
Roosters crow for orange skies
Deer skulk ‘round farmer’s sight
Toads sling tongues catching flies.
Crop is tender spat on ground
Aphids crushed in the mix
Blades spin with reaping sound
Farmer’s legs collecting ticks.
Leaves of brown lift in winds drift
Barnyard raked with leaf piles
Sparrows peck seed from the sift
Decoys send crows into exile.
Day ripens after many hours
Wildlife rest with good reason
Farmer winds down to tend their flowers
Harvest is cut for this season.