We gathered in our harvest,
the harvest of generations,
and knew again what many had forgotten:
the lean years that followed
the years of plenty,
where all that we had planted grew,
no longer to feed us but to consume us.
David Adès is an Australian poet whose most recent book Afloat in Light is available through UWA Publishing at https://uwap.uwa.edu.au/products/afloat-in-light.