Periwinkle blue, a spring night’s
slow awakening— a steady drag &
lift through depths of iciness
hearing the shrill whine of a lone
tractor spraying the orchard’s
shadows before daylight & bees’ due
diligence, only the cab’s lantern
casting a line of sight for the lonesome
farmer who steadies the wheel
of this hour, moving forward, willing
to carry his father’s obsessiveness
as if it were his own.
M.J. Iuppa’s forthcoming fifth full length poetry collection The Weight of Air from Kelsay Books and a chapbook of 24 100-word stories, Rock. Paper. Scissors. from Foothills Publishing, in 2022. For the past 33 years, she has lived on a small farm near the shores of Lake Ontario. Check out her blog: mjiuppa.blogspot.com for her musings on writing, sustainability & life’s stew.