The City Farmer

by Jim Farfaglia

The City Farmer


On drowsy winter days

he sits with his hope,

flipping through catalogues,

imagining page after colorful page

filling the brown space lying in wait.


When spring arrives

he stops a moment in grocery stores

to turn a seed-filled carousel,

letting thoughts of homegrown goodness

circle through his mind.


Finally, with summer fast approaching,

he digs shovel after shovelful,

each row engrained with possibility,

each proudly marked by a stick,

with its empty seed-pack waving like a flag:


tiny pledges to the world

– and to himself –

of why it is

he farms his dreams.

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