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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: 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

  1. Date: 11/18/2012 9:35:00 PM

    The play on words is awesome Deb. I loved the end. My fav naturally.

  1. Date: 11/18/2012 9:00:00 PM

    Soupmail :) hugs, Catie

  1. Date: 11/18/2012 12:10:00 PM

    marvellous lines from a feeling poet endowed with great skill

  1. Date: 11/18/2012 7:45:00 AM

    Excellent Debbie, the way you play the words and their double meanings son-sun, heroine-heroin and in it's beauty and hidden horror it screams as so many other crops of the devil have in the past and some still do like the poppy that go on to enslave more than just their harvesters. Fav

  1. Date: 11/18/2012 6:50:00 AM

    Beautiful Poem, Debbie. It is as beautiful as the poem, "Flander's Field" by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae who was a soldier, physician and poet. He wrote that and other poems right after the war. Your poem has as much validity, truth, sentiments, and emotion as his. Very well done. It deserves top placement. Big Smiles.

  1. Date: 11/18/2012 12:33:00 AM

    simply astounding work here Debbie!!!!

  1. Date: 11/17/2012 7:53:00 PM

    A gem of a poem .

  1. Date: 11/17/2012 7:14:00 PM

    "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you." : ) ...Done!

  1. Date: 11/17/2012 4:15:00 PM

    I remember this gem! A wonderful poem, Deborah! Ruben.

    Guzzi Avatar Debbie Guzzi Date: 11/17/2012 6:43:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry

    can't tell you how many contests HERE I entered it in and lost [you must believe that you know what writes of yours are GOOD and keep putting them out there until the right people see them!]
  1. Date: 6/29/2011 3:56:00 PM

    Beautiful poetry Debbie , no wonder it won!! Checking out the site and came across this beautiful work. Anne

  1. Date: 4/2/2011 11:03:00 AM

    I sent you soupmail.

  1. Date: 3/30/2011 10:58:00 AM

    Oh Debbie, Congratulations on your win in the contest for this perfect poem. It is so wonderful, I have read it several times now. Lov, Shar

  1. Date: 3/18/2011 5:20:00 AM

    Congrats on you superb win with this beautiful and original work Debbie. You have soup mail!