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Harvest Tales

North Central Kansas

Mitchell County

Harvest stories submitted by Kansans for the online exhibit, Wheat People.
Submit your own at KansasMuseum@kshs.org.

Greg German

Lunch Time

Greg German submitted a sequence of ten harvest poems, three of which are included on these pages. The poems follow a young boy, his father, and grandfather through their own personal harvests. Currently a resident of Kansas City, Kansas, German wrote about his experiences on the family farm near Glen Elder.


Lunch Time
Harvest, 6:25 p.m.

Quart jars of ice tea
sweat with cool.
Dirty faces and tired
hands ask for more.
Harvest surrounds us.
Backs lean against
the truck--a wind
break, a puddle
of shade. Hats
hang on knees.
Lemonade shivers
in glasses. Dad
tallies dead flies.
Each one dazed
with a slap. "Roast
beef or ham salad
sandwiches?" "Pass
the fried chicken."
" Some salt, please."
" Potato salad?"
" Thanks, Mom." Bits
of tomorrow's
plans shuttle
between bites.
Banana peels flop
into wheat stubble
like carp. Chocolate
chips in cookies melt.
" Take another." Hot
wind crowds between
us. "Strawberry
Jell-O? It's almost
gone. Potato chips?"
Grandpa belches
fulfillment. Dirt blows
onto the brownies.
A lump of muscles,
my brother stretches
sleep across a blanket.
Combines idle behind
us, tethered dinosaurs
hungry for the next round.

Greg German also submitted the poems The 1st Day of Harvest and The Last Day of Harvest.

"Harvest Tales" is part of the online exhibit, Wheat People:  Celebrating Kansas Harvest.