Vegie Gardening

Hoeing again today (and tomorrow). This has been going on a long, long time:

Ancient Greek iron hoe (Kerameikos Archaeological Museum)
Ancient Greek iron hoe (Kerameikos Archaeological Museum)

 

Hoeing: John Updike (1932-2009)

‘I sometimes fear the younger generation will be deprived

of the pleasures of hoeing;

there is no knowing

how many souls have been formed by this simple exercise.

 

The dry earth like a great scab breaks, revealing

moist-dark loam—

the pea-root’s home,

a fertile wound perpetually healing.

 

How neatly the green weeds go under!

The blade chops the earth new.

Ignorant the wise boy who

has never rendered thus the world fecunder.’

 

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