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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.

Copyright © | Year Posted 2009




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Date: 7/15/2019 12:23:00 AM
I am reeling... wow. Lots of emotions. Excellent. Ann
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Date: 2/20/2019 4:39:00 PM
Hello Debbie Guzz,A beautifully created poem. have a nice evening my friend.
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Date: 2/19/2019 5:33:00 AM
Love this poem!
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Date: 1/6/2019 9:02:00 AM
Well written, beautiful imagery.
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 1/6/2019 3:33:00 PM
Thank you, Valerie
Date: 1/16/2018 10:10:00 AM
i enjoyed your work although the i think the use of rape and blood again when already in a nice understated form made the piece read difficult to me..i still liked all the very nice imagery you presented in your work.. good job debbie..
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Date: 1/8/2018 2:58:00 PM
Thank you. This is a powerful work with strong imagery.
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Date: 10/25/2017 1:25:00 PM
I enjoyed reading this one again Debbie. How have you been?
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Date: 9/23/2017 7:06:00 PM
This is incredible. It's a painting. Thanks for sharing..............peace!
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 9/23/2017 8:00:00 PM
Thank you Rich!
Date: 8/17/2017 8:25:00 AM
Hi was this dedicated to those unknown slaves of long ago or field workers of today? Nice write with dedication.
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 9/23/2017 8:00:00 PM
women today still go through this type of treatment
Date: 7/22/2017 2:41:00 PM
I have read this several times before, I just didn't realize who wrote it. It really is beautiful; soft in it's determination.
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 7/22/2017 3:02:00 PM
Thank you so much, Dale, man has been at war with women, seen them as the enemy ever since the Catholic church deemed it's Eve's fault & that she initiated the original sin. There will be no peace on earth until this concept is denounced.
Date: 6/6/2016 7:48:00 AM
Wow. We reap what we sow, but more often we reap, what others sow.
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Date: 3/17/2016 8:22:00 AM
very moving
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Date: 3/11/2016 2:31:00 PM
Very moving
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Date: 1/23/2016 5:21:00 PM
Heartfelt, moving work here! Peace & Love Matthew Anish
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 1/23/2016 6:29:00 PM
Thank you Matthew how have you been?
Date: 12/29/2015 7:11:00 AM
This amazing read has been voted 3rd on the all time greatest list of Poetry Soup Poems. How wise we poets are. I trust that Christmas was wonderful and may the New Year be just as great. How was Europe? I've got an e-mail for you when you are ready.
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Debbie Guzzi
Date: 12/29/2015 7:36:00 AM
Thanks Scott, this poem is in my new book The Hurricane available through me or Prolific Press. Please send the email dear.
Date: 11/22/2015 10:35:00 PM
History brought to life through poetry, great!
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Date: 10/25/2015 5:32:00 PM
wow! nicely written. i love free verse because of the freedom words can take you.
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Date: 10/24/2015 9:05:00 AM
Truly a writeup which displays your outstanding talent.
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Date: 9/23/2015 5:35:00 PM
so much bloom and blood I read your boom boom
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Date: 6/11/2015 1:48:00 AM
you are an intelligent writer .your way of writing, imagery, profound insight all are reflecting in your poem.impressive
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Date: 4/25/2015 12:43:00 AM
Very great and impressive
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Date: 4/14/2015 6:36:00 PM
I absolutely love your writing! It's so amazing and always beautiful! I cannot wait to read more of your poems in the future!!! <3 Tash
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Date: 4/9/2015 5:22:00 AM
Good morning Debbie, I found this poem of yours by accident. I'm glad I did. Very clever. Very creative. Great language development and story. It touches the soul. Great job. Clearly a 7 rating. Have a wonderful day. Take care. Earl
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Date: 2/24/2015 10:30:00 AM
I like the play on words and the intensity of this piece. I can see why it is top three all time!
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Date: 1/14/2015 3:40:00 PM
Excellent use of metaphors and excellent poem. I see why it is on the all time best list. Great job!
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