The soil is blackened with years of the north farm’s manure.
Speckled green lifts from the unseen
            white flecks of lettuce
            seed sown weeks earlier.
Faith. Hope. Charity.
The large words of religion
           tangle with this mundane mix
           of sunshine and cow shit, rain,
           and the discipline
           to do, and wait.

Marc Harshman is the author of the poetry collection, Green-Silver and Silent and All That Feeds Us: The West Virginia Poems. His periodical publications include The Georgia Review, The ProgressiveRoanoke Review, Bayou, and Shenandoah. His eleven children’s books include The Storm, and three new children’s titles are forthcoming. Marc is the poet laureate of West Virginia and lives in Wheeling.

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