Friday, December 13, 2013

Poetry Friday -- Plowing

Flickr Creative Commons Photo by richardghawley

Another row plowed.
Seeds are planted behind me.
So much work ahead.


One more row, then rest.
Free the horse from the harness;
leave the plow ready.

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2013



Today I offer a pair of haiku for the Friday that's a week away from Winter Break. 

There are still a few openings on the Poetry Friday Roundup Schedule for January through June. Would you like to host? 

Tabatha has the roundup today, at The Opposite of Indifference.

19 comments:

  1. I love this poem! So perfect. I am definitely looking forward to freeing the horse from the harness for a couple weeks. ;-)

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  2. "leave the plow ready," so much is said in this one line!

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  3. I imagine this is what it feels like in the classroom this time of year, lots planted but still so much ahead.

    Thanks for sharing these.
    Tricia

    P.S. - I'll host any day you want to give me!

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  4. This seems so much about teaching in the last days before the break! I too love "leave the plow ready."

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  5. Love these. Echo what others have said about "leave the plow ready".

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  6. Enjoy the rest!

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  7. These haiku leave me with such a "zen" feeling, Mary Lee. Everything is just as it should be. I hope you will let me feature you in the Haiku Garden on Today's Little Ditty next year. Yes?

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    1. I'd be honored to stroll in the Haiku Garden with you!

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    2. Yay! I'll be in touch sometime in January to schedule with you. :)

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  8. After today in Denver, I would say the harness feels very heavy. Love your metaphor, Mary Lee. Best wishes for a nice week next week!

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  9. "Free the horse from the harness"
    Having watched some of these huge horses plow, I know they relish the work. It lives deep within their bones. And I also know they love the rubdown and rest that comes after a hard plow. So do we, I guess.

    Loved these haiku, Mary Lee. Thank you!

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  10. The never ending cycle of planting to harvesting, even in our roles as teachers. Looking forward to a break and time with family.

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  11. Love the poems AND that photo, Mary Lee. Imagine plowing with horses - wouldn't that feel wonderful? Scary, too, but wow!

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  12. I like the "seeds are planted behind me" idea. (And I'm definitely relating to the "so much work ahead" feeling right now!) Thanks for sharing!

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  13. A fine photo you found to accompany your poem! There is no faltering when you have your feet that firmly planted on the ground.

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  14. Mary Lee, I love the second haiku - I'm feeling a deep connection to that right now. May your week here go well and I love the thought of leaving the plow ready. We will return.

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  15. We have planted so many seeds this year! Here's to a long, restful break! (Hope your toe is better!)

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  16. I love the sense of patience, persistence, and good work you captured in these plowing poems.

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