poor man’s manure

April snow is sullen,
heavy, yellowed with pollen
but determined
to stall budding.

We shake our heads at flakes
falling past their season,
mutter threats against weather
as we take out shovels and brushes
just put away,

but my farmer neighbors
welcome it, call it
poor man’s manure,
till it deep as any other fertilizer
but sweeter-scented,
the metallic tang of ice
worked deep into spring soil.

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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45 Responses to poor man’s manure

  1. claudia says:

    poor man’s manure…ha..i like…see…you can look at everything from different angles…great to hear that it’s useful for the farmers at least..ha…my magnolias are suffering…

    • Claudia–this is kind of like the old cliche–when life gives you lemons, make lemonade, except in this case it is much, much cruder…

      when the sky shits on you, till it in as fertilizer 😉

      Apparently, there is a lot of nitrogen in snow. Who knew?

  2. Oh! ‘the metallic tang of ice’ oh, yes!

  3. purple says:

    i know it is VERY impolite to laugh at other’s misfortune, but …. mumbles under his breath and smiles and says LOVED the poem Susan 🙂

  4. Mary says:

    Ha, we have had way too poor man’s manure around this spring. I enjoyed your take!

  5. Yes I’ve heard the same… plowing down the snow.. a great poem.

    But usually the farmer always complain about the weather.

    • They do! Too much rain, too little rain, etc., etc. I guess, if your livelihood depends on the weather, you develop a deep, intense relationship to it. So, they complain about the weather as much as the partner in an unhappy marriage complains about his/her spouse!

  6. Grace says:

    Well I never knew it was called like that ~ Creative spin on the last drops of winter ~

  7. definately sweeter smelling! like this very much – K

  8. unfetteredbs says:

    I love when you write like this Susan.

  9. Laurie Kolp says:

    LOL- I guess the yellows of spring blossom in all kinds of ways.

  10. Rowan Taw says:

    I didn’t know that about snow and nitrogen. Not just a great poem, but informative too!

  11. janehewey says:

    really great poem, Susan. I love your easy flow and the earth science you bring to mind. I come from a farming community in the midwest. Weather is everything, counting blessings when it comes to weather is tantamount to sanity.

  12. Mama Zen says:

    Gorgeous writing!

  13. aka_andrea says:

    luckily we have been spared the snow but it is still far too chilly to have these yellow pollen rivers covering the streets as it rains, crazy stuff this weather

  14. Tino says:

    Many, many years since I last heard that saying. Thats what you get swapping country life for city life. I often used to threaten the weather, but it frequently spewed poor mans manure on my idle threats, so I quit 😉

  15. rmp says:

    I too would mutter, but there are no farmers around here to tell me otherwise. I do suppose it is nice to know the prolonged snow is good for something.

  16. Metallic tang of ice makes my mouth water! Beautiful written and envisioned, as ever.

  17. 1EarthUnited says:

    Nice imagery, smells sweet to me! 😀

  18. Lots of farmland and lake effect snow around here. Glad to hear someone (farmers) benefits from the same thing I end up complaining about!

  19. kkkkaty1 says:

    also liking ” the metallic tang of ice”!

  20. nelle says:

    Our forecast looks wonderful, except ten days with little rain is not a good thing in spring.

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