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Spring Fancies
Kate Tompkins


In spring the farmer's fancy lightly turns to thoughts of plows,
and big hydraulic tractors and breeding better cows.
And if the crops are good this year, they'll buy a few more acres,
or maybe that new combine that's for sale at Teddy Baker's.
In spring the farmwife's fancy lightly turns to roses red,
and lilacs at the gatepost, and tulips by the shed.
And if the crops are good this year, maybe they'll go somewhere
to stroll a beach, walk foreign streets, and breathe exotic air.
For spring is always hopeful, and spring is always young.
In spring your dreams and fancies grow like weeds beneath the sun.
And if the crops aren't good this year, they'll feed you just the same.
And you'll get through, you always do, 'til springtime comes again.

© by Kate Tompkins.
Used with the author's permission.


Kate Tompkins lives in the suburbs of Montreal with her husband. When not trapped on the couch by a cat requiring a lap as sleeping space, she enjoys gardening, writing stories and poetry, reading old cookbooks, and posting recipes on her blog,

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Spring inspires us all! I love the rhyme and meter of your poem, Kate!
Posted 03/27/2021 05:40 PM
Thank you, everyone, for your comments. It will be a few weeks here before we see any lilacs--my lilac bush isn't even leafing yet--but the crocuses are up, the robins are back, and the cat is shedding her winter coat.
Posted 03/27/2021 08:43 AM
Lori Levy:
Like the humor in this poem.
Posted 03/26/2021 05:50 PM
Wilda Morris:
Good one! I'm going to share it with the farm boy I married many years ago!
Posted 03/26/2021 01:15 PM
This would be a fun poem to memorize! I love it!
Posted 03/26/2021 11:48 AM
Stephen Anderson:
These delightful iambs express a clear-headed optimism and survival mode caressed so nicely by your rhyme and meter. A delightful poem, Kate!
Posted 03/26/2021 10:50 AM
Kate, you are entirely out of step with your poetic times, and I want you to know I love you for it. Wonderful poem of Spring and the Earth.
Posted 03/26/2021 09:34 AM
michael escoubas:
I like the Tennyson-like use of "iambs" in this poem . . . but like even better its contemporay flavor. Lots of us still live on farms where life is contingent on how the crops do.
Posted 03/26/2021 09:26 AM
Darrell Arnold:
I love this poem, Kate. First of all, it has meter and rhyme. Secondly, it speaks of some kind of agriculture, aside from gardening, in your past. There is accuracy in the flights of fancy of your protagonists. I, too, by the way, am often entrapped by a self-serving cat who must, at times, be accommodated.
Posted 03/26/2021 09:10 AM
I loved reading this aloud.
Posted 03/26/2021 09:03 AM
Very nice. Thank you. Randy
Posted 03/26/2021 07:47 AM

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