Writing Poetry 46 Every farmer knows that there are good seeds and bad seeds; ones that produce quick healthy crops and ones that are not fit yet for the
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Writing Poetry 46
Every farmer knows
that there are good seeds and bad seeds;
ones that produce quick healthy crops
and ones that are not fit yet for the harvesting.
When you have opened the seed
of your poem and look upon it
do not be dismayed that it has not flowered
in the way you had expected.
The idea of your life-poem
was always the good seed.
How you nurture it into expression
may have been less than perfect.
Yet see how the wild weed
can grow in any fissure of hard ground.
What is seen of it is unprepossessing.
Yet its roots can, in time, break mountains apart.
So it is with the way you speak your poems of life.
You may think your good seed has gone to bad
yet the Harvester of what you plant
knows how to wait
for the shell of even an unsound seed to fall away.
Within that seed-form
your planting of the idea
has remained as the good heart of the seed.
And from that idea the fruit
of your next poetry is born.
Copyright Eric Ashford April 2003.
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