Proverbs of a Small Farm
If the raccoon gnaws ten percent of the corn,
don't set a trap, plant another row.
If spinach goes to seed too soon,
try it twice, then plant chard.
Don't fight the cabbage worms
if store-bought is good and cheap.
Do very little "on principle".
life is hard enough as it is.
Honor the weeds that love your land
and call them flowers, they seed themselves.
When phoebes nest in the barn, you have no choice
but to leave the big door open also to thieves.
Many things will grow in the North Country
that they don't grow,
but then it's hard to give away your surplus
that they won't eat.
Nature is profligate, usury is natural,
but you must not pocket the increase.
One spring when the snow melts, my asparagus
will finally be big enough for someone else to eat.
Random House, 1974
edited by Taylor Stoehr with a birds-eye view of Paul Goodman
from his good friend George Dennison who well understood the
ways & means of poets, anarchists, educators and philosophers
of all stripes, which Goodman certainly was.