When my cousin planted his south field
in soybeans rather than corn, neighbors
called him crazy, in private and to his face.
But he and the soybeans thrived, or as he
modestly said, as he signed the purchase
and sale agreement to his farm, “I did
okay.” He retired to Kentucky Lake,
a place he’d visited once on the rare
vacation available to a farmer. He
built a place right on the shore,
lived out a poor man’s dream.
Martha Christina has published two collections: Staying Found (Fleur-de-lis Press) and Against Detachment (Pecan Grove Press). Her work appears in earlier issues of Red Eft Review, and recently in Star 82 Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Tiny Seed Journal’s Pollinator Project. Born and raised in Indiana, she now lives in Bristol, Rhode Island.