The Winnowing 2003

THE WINNOWING - JAMES MICHAEL TAYLOR

1. SUMMERTIME SUMMERTIME *
2. THE LINE/THE SIGN
3. I LOVE MY HAIR
4. PAPER FLOWERS
5. MOTHER IN HEAVEN
6. JOHAH
7. THE WINNOWING WIND
8. PAGAN MAN
9. CHRISTMAS MOON
10. CEDRICH ALLRUNNER
11. CHRISTMAS IN MY HEART
12. MECHANICAL BREAKDOWN

13. TRAIL OF TEARS
14. THE FADING YELLOW RIBBON
15. REMEMBERING SUMMERTIME*

All songs by James Michael Taylor except SUMMERTIME SUMMERTIME...(Jamison/Feller/jmt)

I twist a head of wheat off the stalk and rub it between my palms. Then I blow over my open hand. Chaff is gone. I pop the hard wheat berries into my mouth. Mmmmm. Five minutes later I have wheat gum, dough. But I'm not into gum so I spit it out. It's the sweet taste of grain as the dough separates from whatever else makes the wheat that makes for the chew...

Summer time. The pollywogs in the creek. The smell of chlorine and moldy towels. Sweet anise and monarch caterpillers. Irrigating lilacs and sunburned shoulders. Sweet alfalfa and clanging balers.

Summer at the prison farm. A thousand skinny white hens. A thousand eggs a day. Candle and sort, candle and sort. Blood spots and cracked shells splash against the wall and slide into the cat's pail. Happy cat with shiny coat. Little cat door. She comes and goes. Message from Castle. "Report immediately." "Sentence remitted in excess of time served." Go home! jmt