The Fall Harvest

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Picture the cardboard cornucopias and tom turkeys

with little holes for the thumbtacks

attaching them to a brown paper covered bulletin board

between Pilgrim brothers and sisters.

And Squanto – don’t forget Squanto –

there in the background with the cabins, fences, and trees

 

The harvest has come in

fulfilling the promise of the three sisters.

The new-comers learn corn, beans and squash

nurtured through the summer will return the favor

in the Fall and Winter.

 

Spring and Summer they continue to nourish

while their seeds feed

on the the fish heads and seashells

sweetening the soil as Squanto had taught

growing in plots carefully tended and protected.

 

Again and again, come Fall, the freshly picked and washed

– the full of promise for the next harvest –

will flow by the bushel into my classroom.

 

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