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 Category:  General Poetry
  Posted: September 30, 2020      Views: 85
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Chapter 32 of the book Carolina Pastorals
The timeless art of making bread
"Yates' Mill" by estory
Up on the pond
the old mill wheel
turns in the stream
turning back time

Until the old wagons
along the road
come back to life

Hauling in this year's
shucked corn, barley,
sweet oats, alfalfa
and winter wheat

To crack and grind
between running stone
and bed stone

Coaxing the grain
from the chaff
like manna
from the grass

As cornmeal,
flour and bran
fill the lugged sacks
with dreams of bread

Rising in the oven
on winter mornings
when light frost
covers the stubble
of the reaped fields.

Ages of fasts,
the breaking of fasts,
times of dearth
and rich harvests
wheel through our histories
like the waterwheel itself

Still turning the stones.
Filling our emptiness.
Easing our consciousness.


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Author Notes
Yates' Mill, in southwest Wake county, North Carolina, was the inspiration for this piece about grinding grain and making the bread that sustains us, and is also a big part of our culture. I wanted to create a feel of the waterwheel going around in its steady rhythm by shortening the lines and giving them a regular feel, with a touch of rhyme thrown in now and again. As you watch the waterwheel going around and around, you find yourself turning back time, and connecting with the ancestors who had to make their bread just as you need it. You find yourself more connected to that natural world than you might think. estory
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