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Everything Beautiful -- In Its Time

by Beth LaBuff  
3/18/2009 / Poetry


and God saw that it was good1

Snow-wreathed mountain vistas
Maritime seashore
Lazuline surf waters
Rainforest, plains, and more

The heartland in Colombia,
Land spanned by the equator,
A sun-soaked, fertile valley soil,
Plain blessed by the Creator.

how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains2

The grower planted manually
Sweet grass, the sugarcane.
With faith anticipated
Life-giving season's rain.

A zephyr through the valley,
The wispy cane leaves swayed,
Joined rhythmic sweet-reed's rattle
The valley's serenade.

a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot3

Inside the field, a spittlebug
Feasted on sugarcane.
Breakfast, lunch, and dinner
In his candy cane domain.

His bug-brain, slightly muddled,
Some things he did not know.
He thought his frothy spit, not rain,
Had caused the cane to grow.

Short lifespan of a spittlebug,
Just one of Nature's rules.
Eventually he lost his spit,
He couldn't even drool.

as long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease4

The grower set the field afire,
Burned-off dead vegetation.
Machetes cut the standing cane.
Reap--plant, a new rotation.


***
Title: Ecclesiastes 3:11
1 Genesis 1:12
2 Hebrews 6:7
3 Ecclesiastes 3:2
4 Genesis 8:22
All NIV

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Before Beth LaBuff and her husband, Tilman, moved to the high desert of Arizona, she lived most of her life surrounded by the cornfields of Adair County, Iowa.

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