Hath September | Day 13 | Hayfield | Tom Montgomery Fate

September 13, 2012


Rain ticks in the ripe grass:
green metronome that measures
nothing but the rhythm
of air, the wild breath
of creation.

All morning
the clock of rain and weeds
keeps time by not
endings or beginnings,
by not counting
the numbers
of black ants or dandelions or raccoons
that keep living and dying here
in this old hayfield.



Tom Montgomery Fate, a Black Earth Institute Fellow
is the author of five books of nonfiction, including Cabin
Fever, a nature memoir (Beacon, 2011). His essays
have been widely published and often air on NPR and
Chicago Public Radio. He teaches creative writing at
College of DuPage in suburban Chicago.


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