The wheat fields
are almost golden.
Combines are prepped
and parked nearby;
farmers wait for the very first
moment
the wheat is ready to harvest.
We have winds
off and on
all year.
But the winds of wheat harvest
are the most welcome;
they finish drying the wheat.
The last two days
winds have blown
hard all day,
quieting at night,
growing strong again by morning.
They blow in hope
and memories
of hope.
It’s a gut thing—
the winds come,
the temperature rises,
the grain blows in the fields
and something deep inside—
a mixture of anxiety
and celebration—
rises in the chest.

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Canola with Greening Wheat in Background,
Earlier in the Spring

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Ripening Wheat

Things are changing
here in Monoculture Land.
Now there is some rotation of crops:
wheat, corn, canola.
More needs to change.
Much more.
Maybe these harvest winds
bring a new kind
of hope.
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Evidence of a Windy Day