amish men raised barns – November 9


amish men raised barns

and the community

came together


work, solidarity, skill,

care, pride, sharing

across time.


now a mailbox carves

our territory. first a choice

then a stake.


family gathering as if

any excuse to do

will do.


and a meal for all,

children skittering at

the edges


with satisfied grunts

at the labor’s real



something lies not so

buried in work, care

and skillings



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