Poetry at the Post: A Pastoral for Earth Day 2015

Pastoral
BY JENNIFER CHANG

Something in the field is
working away. Root-noise.
Twig-noise. Plant…

Photo courtesy of John M. Jennings, 2015
Photo courtesy of John M. Jennings, 2015

Happy Earth Day! Today’s NaPoWriMo challenge is to write a pastoral poem—a poem that idealizes rural  life and landscapes. Its tradition can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and the poet Hesiod.

Later today I plan to walk the land and allow my poem to unfold. In the meantime, here is a “twig-noise” pastoral by Jennifer Chang and some lovely photos by photographer John M. Jennings.

Photo courtesy of John M. Jennings, 2015.
Photo courtesy of John M. Jennings, 2015.

Stem-
and stamen-noise. Can I lime-
flower? Can I chamomile?