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The Sowing

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The Sowing

Upon the wind sheltered hillside,
the sharp tang of metal and the sting of salt air lay
over a field of blood-red poppies, no Flanders Field.

At years fall, fields of rape roll like waves,
in the harshness of winter-sleet, stray boulders bow,
like the backs of mothers, and daughters sowing.
Their nails torn, ragged, and bleeding.
They bleed by the moon, and son, upon the fields.
No white crosses mark their passing.

For hundreds of years, and crops of rape, barley and wheat,
small hands, soft hands, and soft thighs bleed.
They bleed daughters, and sons.
They birth the fields by consent or rape and in the fields 
unadorned by silver stars or purple hearts, they writhe.

Today, as May's sun wakes the blood blasted pasture,
each precious drop blooms, a heroines soul
acknowledgement, the poppies yield.

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  1. Date: 9/19/2014 1:02:00 PM
    Positive construction is showing with negative words, beautifully done, my lovely friend. Happy Birth Day to you too. Cheers with lovely smile. Loved always,bl

  1. Date: 8/12/2014 3:49:00 PM
    A different kind of sowing, indeed! And beautiful use of metaphor in ways that few would think of. I appreciated this very much, Debbie, and also hope that it will serve as a reminder to visit your pages more often! Thanks for peeking at mine.

    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi
    Date: 8/12/2014 4:07:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    Thank you Robert you are a very skilled writer!
  1. Date: 6/19/2014 12:47:00 AM
    Writing sweetly a sad and hop filled poem, thanks for this one

  1. Date: 4/2/2014 1:27:00 PM
    very moving about women and war. Terrific insight and sadness. Beautifully done

  1. Date: 2/15/2014 11:29:00 AM
    An outstanding write, Debs!! I agree with Vince,, truly an honour to the poetical voice by the amazing you.:) Keep well, and hugs to Smokey! Love, Mikki.

  1. Date: 2/14/2014 1:28:00 PM
    Love it.!!

  1. Date: 2/14/2014 9:55:00 AM
    Almost forgot what it was to read poetry, so I stopped by to read a few of the best. God Bless.

  1. Date: 2/14/2014 8:25:00 AM
    wow deb this is a very interesting piece captures the soul reminds me of Toni Morrison's structure of coarse truths thank you for sharing this morning good luck with your writing endeavor

  1. Date: 2/13/2014 9:14:00 PM
    This was sent to my e-mail. What a great poem, and thanks to Soup for sending right to my door. I'll add this to my favourites in the hope that one day you will let tweet a link. Please.

  1. Date: 2/13/2014 5:49:00 PM
    Good evening Debbie, This is so incredible and awakened so many emotions within me. I need not read another poem this evening as this one is engraved into my thoughts. Thank you for sharing this. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/20/2014 9:15:00 AM
    Impacting, poignant work, indeed

  1. Date: 9/5/2013 1:11:00 AM
    A great poem... Inspired by it and enjoy its rich meaning, cadence and diction and descriptive power. Best wishes, Merton

  1. Date: 6/22/2013 5:28:00 PM
    WOW... such stark realism crafted into a stunning poem. So many blunt emotions and compelling writing. Poetry like this can only be considered a masterpiece. I would like to know the inspiration. :)

    Anglesey Avatar Karen Anglesey
    Date: 6/22/2013 5:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    I see why it's on the Top 100 of All Time list
  1. Date: 4/30/2013 12:26:00 PM
    I love this, Its unique x

  1. Date: 1/16/2013 9:40:00 AM
    seeking inspiration in your work, found it here. Absolutely stunning write. You are a leader among poets.

  1. Date: 12/27/2012 10:47:00 AM
    heroic poem! All the best to you in the new year Debbie. Warm thoughts, Ralph

  1. Date: 11/22/2012 4:53:00 AM
    This poem has so much dept, that one can read it more then once and take so much out of it each time. You have used your metaphors in such an excellent way. Quite astounding !

  1. Date: 11/21/2012 5:53:00 PM
    I really like the depth and insight found within your words !! Well done !!

  1. Date: 11/21/2012 10:31:00 AM
    Outstanding work Debbie! Loved it!

  1. Date: 11/19/2012 12:48:00 AM
    Excellent. So beautiful and so sensual words. Vocabulary is outstanding, I mean the set of words and their relations which were made through the poem