Forrest Pritchard is a full-time sustainable farmer and New York Times bestselling author, holding a BA in English and a BS in Geology from William & Mary. Smith Meadows, his farm, was one of the first “grass finished” operations in the country, and has sold at leading farmers’ markets in Washington DC for nearly two decades. Pritchard's first two books received starred reviews from The Washington Post, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal and NPR, and his latest book is set to debut in 2018.

7 responses to “A Spring Poem for Gardeners”

  1. Audrey

    What a perfect poem for Spring. How lovely to feed our poetic souls as well. Thanks for posting!

  2. Sandra Kalscheur

    Thanks for sharing the poem, helped my day immensely and for adding your own poetic words. You are indeed a poet farmer!

  3. Melanie

    My father was given a small iron trivet by our neighbor many, many years ago with the following inscription:

    “The kiss of the sun for pardon,
    The song of the bird for mirth
    One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
    Than anywhere else on earth.”

    This is now attached to the fence surrounding my father’s small “kitchen garden.”
    I don’t know the author, but the words stay with me always.

  4. Josh

    There ain’t no disciple of Spring more vivacious and sublime than my favourite, e.e.cummings. The journal devoted to him actually has that name. Here’s one of my favs:

    O sweet spontaneous
    earth how often have

    fingers of
    prurient philosophers pinched

    , has the naughty thumb
    of science prodded

    beauty, how
    often have religions taken
    thee upon their scraggy knees
    squeezing and

    buffeting thee that thou mightest conceive

    to the incomparable
    couch of death thy

    thou answerest

    them only with


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