Hope Grows (Gaia's Lament)

Brown clay
At times sticking to my boots annoyingly
In clumps that travel wherever I go

Last frost
Garden tools gathered and seeds collected
All awaiting tomorrow’s breaking of the ground

Cracked earth
What was clay is today white dirt
Even when spattered with water, dust rises

Plow and disk
They seem acts of futility on hopeless soil
Yet, hope grows when sown in even the most barren of places

Sowing seeds
Half inch, one inch, cover with dirt, need some hills
Despite aching back and sore knees, all gets done

Pray for rain
Days pass – weatherman was wrong, frogs don’t lie
Should have listened to the frogs before planting!

Frogs still silent
Walking between barren rows, hope wanes
Even the cotyledon of a weed would be welcomed

Dying pastures
Sheep moving slowly in search of green
Gazing now and again toward the frogs in desperation

Breath is held
As a lone frog is heard clearing his throat -
But only to protest the shrinking pond, quickly drying

Feathers rustle above
Long-awaited, croaking frogs sound their alert
Felines pounce and purr, while sheep face westward in anticipation

Thunder claps
A cool breeze blows and the sky pours forth its bounty
A quench thirsty Gaia drinks her fill as hope grows again

…for now

Hope Grows (Gaia's Lament)

Lamyaa

Joined February 2008

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When you live off of the land, you can’t miss the messages that nature sends out. Mother Earth speaks to all of us every day, but very few listen and observe. This poem describes Spring and Summer 2007 on my farm – the second year of a worsening drought that is expected to continue worsening.
This poem is written by Lamyaa Hashim (2/11/2008)

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