John Rhodes


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Field And Forest

by Randall Jarrell
When you look down from the airplane you see lines,
Roads, ruts, braided into a net or web -
Where people go, what people do: the ways of life.

Heaven says to the farmer: 'What's your field? '
And he answers: 'Farming, ' with a field,
Or: 'Dairy-farming, ' with a herd of cows.
They seem a boy's toy cows, seen from this high.

Seen from this high,
The fields have a terrible monotony.

But between the lighter patches there are dark ones.
A farmer is separated from a farmer
By what farmers have in common: forests,
Those ...

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