Jacob Philip Schaffer
was born to immigrant parents
and a legacy of hardship, a history
of kidnappings and pogroms
which could only be washed clean
with a bed
for the parents
and a drawer
for little Jacob
Philip to sleep in
It was something to dig into. A place to store hardship
so deep in the ground, that when it finally found
its way back out, it would look
or a classroom,
But in all of its hard earned beauty, the land
weighed heavy on the shoulders of Jacob Philip when both
his parents passed, his father too strong not to follow his wife
from this world.
It was in this way that Jacob Philip learned loving;
and on the day of his father’s funeral swore to be
for the woman he would marry.
Hard work is contagious,
in land and in love
has histories that scorch the earth.
But Jacob Philip was taught that the harvest
is worth more than the
And it took a lot of land
for Jacob Philip to finally harvest.
It took years of digging.
By the time he was strong enough
to rip his heart back from the ground,
he had cultivated
a dowry 3 times the size
of what his father died with .
By working hard at it,
Jacob Philip Schaffer was able
to see beauty pour from the ground
where he once hide his sorrow.
And when he too
was buried deep in the earth,
it was clear that the harvest
of a good life
was well won.
His children too now
are given the choice:
to grow and to work,
to make beauty
from all of this suffering.