Feathers - Katie Polacek (Bruno, Nebraska)
Hope may be
to one fine person
"the thing with feathers".
But I argue that
out here in the midst of farm country,
hope is a small farmer's market.
It's a sign at the end of a long driveway reading
Eggs, apples, pears, tomatoes, squash
Hope is planting, growing and offering the bounty
To those who say,
Yes, I need that.
Yes, I buy local.
Yes, I will come back for more.
Hope is the thing
with or without