Bored with the same-old, tried-and-true, tired
rotation of corn and soybeans every other year,
burnt out from the constant stress and worry
over drought or flooding or low yields or a market crash,
the farmer cleared a little land for some beefsteak tomatoes.
He staked, watered, fertilized and pruned them when not tending the fields.
When those beauts were big and plump and juicy,
he hauled them in his pickup down to the farmers market,
hoping for a little payday and a chance to finally meet some of those he fed.
But he ended up bored again as he sat rotting on the stalk at his booth,
whiling away the time as a few lookie-loos gave passing glances
in a scantly attended market as barren as blight-stricken fields.
Joseph S. Pete is an award-winning journalist, author, and frequent guest on Lakeshore Public Radio whose work has appeared in more than 100 literary journals. He’s written newspaper articles, magazine features, poems, short stories, flash fiction, essays, humor pieces, grocery lists, and even author bios.