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The Sowing---Repost in honor of Black History Month

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The Sowing---Repost in honor of Black History Month

The Sowing

Upon the wind feasted hillside
The jagged edges of used rocks swell
With the fatless skin of babes and wenches 
Below a field of blood, no less a Flanders Field

A continuous swell of rape roll like waves
In the pallid squalor of leaking huts wooden tales tell
The scars ironed in the backs and inner thighs
The voices crying with no listening ear
Blood shines bright in moon's glow sons birth upon the fields

For eons it seems men stack rape like barley and wheat
Small ones soft ones and inexperienced virgins too
Daughters bled away dignity men their respect
Born work and ravished in the fields
Where is their medal of bravery

Today the summer sun washes over the fields
Each ray eclipses the dark memories of sin
As the sons and daughters rise

This poem was written for Joann Grisetti's Copycat contest through inspiration of Debbie Guzzi's The Sowing, one of the Greatest writers here on the Soup

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  1. Date: 2/13/2013 8:03:00 AM
    powerful write, Joy - and a lovely tribute to Debs

  1. Date: 2/11/2013 4:15:00 PM
    A classic.

  1. Date: 2/7/2013 7:53:00 PM
    Joy, I am so happy to see your post, today! And what a poem it is...Amazing work worthy of praise!! Ah, but it is hauntingly sad. Incredible job, my Sis. I emailed you last inquiring how things were but got no reply. I figured you were still busy settling. It's good to hear from you Joy! Much love to you always. Annalise This I'm going to save to my Favs. List.

  1. Date: 2/7/2013 7:09:00 PM
    Soup mail HUGS!

  1. Date: 2/7/2013 6:29:00 PM
    and hey, long time no see. Good to see you here today.

  1. Date: 2/7/2013 6:28:00 PM
    wow, you did Debbie's poem justice. She will be very proud if she happens upon this outstanding poem of yours, sweetie. So full of imagery for this dark time in history, And sadly it is still going on in many parts of the world, women of all color being abused. I just loved the last stanza. It was beautiful.

  1. Date: 2/7/2013 11:11:00 AM
    Hi this is a very moving write Joy it is a heart tugger luv. missed you where have you been? xx

  1. Date: 2/7/2013 8:39:00 AM
    You are so right, debbie is one of the best! You have done a truly excellent job with this one, Joy. I am putting it into my favs. As I read your words, my heart breaks and my soul cries out for each woman or girl who has endured this belittlement. I have missed you too. Let's skype soon. I've a new headset, it should work. :) Love and hugs, your sis, Catie :)