December, Henry County

The dead grass stands where it withered. The corn stubble,
a muted choir its praises more remembered than sung
in this landscape devoid even of the solace of snow.
The sun muted behind the gauzy sky makes no shadows.

No one here believes in spring.
Summer is a myth,
a story of the man and boys who worked these fields
and one day, coming late,
discovered the generous grain
and in their joy brought the rich harvest home.

Such bitter days fail to rouse even the keeper of this land.
He hides in the house, oiling tools gone down to rust.
The birds have departed, a faithless flock taking with them
the air’s last hymn.

Only the crow endures.
Songless in the cold, he cries like a feathered fool.
Yet sometimes, he senses beyond the punishing breeze
a promise.

And then, taking wing, hovers like a spirit above the frozen earth
waiting to see what will happen.

Dean Abbott

Dean Abbott is a writer and pastoral counselor living in Ohio. His most recent book is "Common Good: Reflections on Everyday Vices and Virtues". He is active daily on Twitter and is eager to connect with readers there.

'December, Henry County' has 1 comment

  1. December 4, 2022 @ 3:12 pm Mark Stickle

    Nothing profound to say — except thank you.


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