Fall Harvest, Julesberg, Colorado

Harvest machines drone, groan, churn, snort
Stuff their greedy mouths; corn stalks
Sticking out of their steel jaws.
Maneuvering like ants from the
Fields, fat trucks follow food trails of
Yellow corn to sky-high grain silos.

Under yellowing elms these shaded streets
Catnap with their legs crossed.
The sky above Julesberg High
Dozes in a turquoise hammock.
But the machines prowl across the fields
Their dust rising like smoke signals.

Drifting out of a nearby window the
Aroma of home-made bread, pies. Soon
Women and girls carry supper into the fields
To their sweaty men and boys who
Stuff their mouths with fried chicken legs.
Gulping cold milk they eye
Dark clouds in the northern sky.

Like slow hungry whales chomping
Sea grass, the machines eat up the fields.
The western sky turns on its side —
Flashing colors like a rainbow trout.
Soon the sun sleeps. Crickets chirp.
Yellow moon stares with wide eyes.

But these men, pointing their flashlights,
Prowling machines shining headlights,
Reap on, harvesting in the darkness.


About Ciletti

Jim Ciletti, an award winning poet, filmmaker, and author, is the 2010-2012, Poet Laureate of the Pikes Peak region, and for 41 years, poet-in-residence for the Orme School Fine Arts Festival. Jim gives many workshops on the writing and performance of poetry, and makes poetry house calls to create personal poetry events. Ciletti loves everything Italian, including cooking for family and friends, and loves to plant garlic, make homemade wine, and eating peaches and plums. "Everyday is Christmas, but you don't always get everything you ask for. Sometimes more. Poetry celebrates life."
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One Response to Fall Harvest, Julesberg, Colorado

  1. Helen Hudson says:

    . . .”streets catnap with their legs crossed”. . .who metaphors like YOU? And again, like before, I am there because you have taken me to what I know–and yet–bathe the scene in newness–making me feel like I really wasn’t THERE the first time!! thank you my poet!! Helen

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