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The Plough

How could I have known
That when I opened the creaking gate
Of the field of my life
And invited you in 
To do the necessary work
That your activity would be so painful
And yet ultimately
Bring about a harvest?

Setting your plough
To dig down deep
To turn over
And break up
Almost touching the deep bedrock
Of my soul
Revealing me in all my created 

Leaving me exposed 
Rich pickings for hungry gulls
Whilst all that I had previously
Thought worthwhile
Is torn from its root
And is re-interred
In the soil
Of my life

Now I lie open and naked
As my neat furrows are
Rained upon
Broken down
Emptied of all former life

Then one day
The returning sun of your love
Gently warming
O'er lengthening days
Begins my re-awakening

Precious seed is sown
In prepared ground
Watched over
And the Autumn pain
Brings life
And hope.

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  1. Date: 11/11/2010 9:50:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poetry making it through the first round of the Poetrysoup site contest Anne. The best to you in the finals. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 11/9/2010 4:33:00 PM
    An awesome write dear poet !I just love the metaphore in your write ! And congratulations on your featured write this week ! much love, james

  1. Date: 11/8/2010 10:08:00 AM
    Congratulations on your poem being featured this week Anne. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 2/17/2010 4:12:00 AM
    Like the analogy of your life compared to the field about to be harvested. Such changes always bring about some pain, but as you say they can also generate life and hope. Very nice poem; I can see why it is your favorite. Love, Carolyn

  1. Date: 10/20/2009 11:58:00 AM
    Beautifully written poem Ann >> James

  1. Date: 10/14/2009 4:56:00 PM
    Lovely and heartfelt poetry, Anne! Welcome to Poetry Soup and thank you for sharing your work! Love, Robin