When the fertile soil is neatly worked
Rows evenly spaced and planted
Seeds ready waiting to germinate
Water delivered by sky or ground
Harvests to abound

The brow of a farmer furrows too
Craggy and not so even
Furtive beads of sweat
Beset by constant worry
Hope does not hurry

– ©Chris Nielsen 2017
– image – Furrows
©Chris Nielsen 1978