In the next field beyond the ditch, a crop duster hums and glides like a dragonfly. Two lemony butterflies flit and dart between soybean plants, keeping pace with my morning walk. Kildeer spring from the rice field then circle overhead warbling a high-pitched tune.
The road is rough and uneven, clotted with chunks of earth mixed with stalks as dry as autumn wheat. I smell the musty aroma of our soil, the great bridge between past and future, life and death, the place where all living things return.
Although the sun has only begun to peep through the trees lining the far ditch bank, a sultry day builds.
Grace Grits and Gardening
Farm. Food. Garden. Life.
― Gail Carson Levine