My body has been crouched in this furrow for so long
That my view is narrowed
To just the dirt in my hands and the plant in front of me.
This plant is sturdy.
The stalk is strong, the roots stronger.
But what of the seedlings around it?
This small patch of field is dry and shriveled.
How can one plant be good, while the rest languish?
Didn’t they have the same care, the same sun?
This is not my concern,
Just as the weeds will wait for a more discerning eye to sort.
Shaking the dirt from my hands, I rise.
My view widens.
There are rows and rows as far as my sight stretches.
Some are lushly green; others are wilting.
My hands reach out to another furrow,
Without words or commands that the farmer needs them there.
I follow to find more rows, more need.
I feel the satisfaction of fingers immersed in rich soil.
The farmer wants me here.
I kneel into the work, and the panorama of rows tightens
To the one plant before me.