Harrowing

Discussion in 'Poet's Corner' started by youRprecious!, Mar 15, 2013.

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  1. youRprecious!

    youRprecious! Antiquities Friend

    This is not an original poem of mine (unfortunately), but think it is beautiful and comforting. It mirrors my journey too, and so wanted to share it. It's by Parker J. Palmer, and I came across it this morning in an email (to which was attached the story of his journey into depression and what happened to him there).

    “Harrowing”
    The plow has savaged this sweet field
    Misshapen clods of earth kicked up
    Rocks and twisted roots exposed to view
    Last year's growth demolished by the blade.
    I have plowed my life this way
    Turned over a whole history
    Looking for the roots of what went wrong
    Until my face is ravaged, furrowed, scared.
    Enough. The job is done.
    Whatever’s been uprooted, let it be
    Seedbed for the growing that's to come
    I plowed to unearth last year's reasons—
    The farmer plows to plant a greening season.
     
  2. morning rush

    morning rush Well-Known Member

    wow very cool...I like the gardening metaphor..thanks for sharing :)
     
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