One of the elements of living in a new place is finding the right place to do your shopping! Thankfully I have found a wonderful vegetable supplier who delivers a box of fruit and veg. I never know what is in the box – and was surprised to find corn last week! It reminded me of this poem… thank goodness for unpredictability…
The ears ripen in late summer
And come on with a conquering laughter,
Come on with a high and conquering laughter.
The long-tailed blackbirds are hoarse.
One of the smaller blackbirds chitters on a stalk
And a spot of red is on its shoulder
And I never heard its name in my life.
Some of the ears are bursting.
A white juice works inside.
Cornsilk creeps in the end and dangles in the wind.
Always—I never knew it any other way—
The wind and the corn talk things over together.
And the rain and the corn and the sun and the corn
Talk things over together.
From Carl Sandburg, Laughing corn