Posted by: Ron DuBour | November 19, 2019

Daily missive for Tuesday the 19th of November.~by Peter Forster



Daily missive for Tuesday the 19th of November.

If there is such a thing
As good honest sweat
It drips from the brow
Of a free man pulling his own plough
Tilling the land for the sake
Of his family
Willing himself to be true
To his own belief
In the purity of love
When the earth is dry
Littered with stone
Broken hands cut clean through
To the bone
Slaking his thirst
With a memory
Of a kiss on the cheek
Every morning
Before the day begins
Sheltering under the noonday sun
Beneath a leafless tree
Listening for thunder
Waiting for rain
Praying to be heard
A thought too absurd
For him to ignore
When he has done it before
Changing nothing
But the opinion
He has of himself
There is no shortcut
To oblivion
Every day is his penance
Tied to the yoke
Until the day he dies
No matter how hard he tries
It is the way of the land
It is not his
To own
But to prepare
For the next generation
Plant the seed
And to believe
The rains will come
With the gift of new life
And a good harvest
Will bring him salvation

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