Woman on a Journey

Nowthen Threshing Show and Monarch Butterflies


Nowthen Threshing Show
Can’t be beat
In the Master Gardener Booth
So many people to greet


I’m supposed to answer questions
But I learn more than I teach
Surrounded by seasoned gardeners
Who practice what they preach

My favorite thing
Seeing developing Monarchs
But they’re in danger, like the bees
We need to change our ways now
I’m begging everyone, please

So many tractors and farmers
Traditions and history
From field to our tables
The work is darn right blistery

Always attracted to old things
Shiny chrome or flaking rust
One depicts consistent, loving care
The other, an enduring tough crust


I’ve covered quite a bit here
Not sure if it all fit or not
It’s the challenge of writing bad poetry
A skill that cannot be taught


For more information about Monarch butterflies and how to help them, please visit these websites:
If you plant a bee or butterfly garden, be careful about your plant selection. There’s a great deal of disagreement about how much neonicotinoids are effecting bees and butterflies, but why take a chance? The safest way to avoid unwanted pesticides is to buy organic seeds and start your own seedlings. If you buy seedlings, ask if they’ve been treated with pesticides. If nothing else, asking the question will start forcing growers to realize that people are concerned and want untreated plants.


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