Circadian Poems

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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Featured Poem: Harvest I (In Two Voices)

Harvest I (in Two Voices)
By Brenda Braene

How many shades of abundance does nature create?
{How many predators scheme her destruction?}

How many variations of sun and sand and water –
{global warming, medical waste, toxic dumps . . .}

--of air and growth and sun –
{SUV pollution, Love Canal, acid rain}

Of tomato and barley and corn –
{genetic engineering, DUI, stolen Native Lands)

Of lettuce and cabbage and cucumber?
(dead rabbits, cloning for dollars, botox)

Berries, roots, beans, fruits, nuts and vines
(steal family farms, oust the general stores, deny health care)

Use the bounty without to fuel the bounty within.
(they will crush you if you let them. They hate beauty. They hate love. They --}

You are part of They.
(i am not)

You are. We are.
Turn to Nature; turn to harvest.
Hear the solution in grain and rain,
in elephants’ wails and lava flows.
Lava flows as blood flows
On the body of the earth and through the body within.

You can visit Brenda Braene at her blog, Poet Meets Muse, or at her shared website, The Three Braenes. This is her first published poem.


  • At 10:12 PM, Blogger lometa said…

    "Hear the solution in grain and rain,"

    Lovely--frank and unsentimental.

  • At 5:29 AM, Blogger Colin said…

    I found the contrasts quite moving, yet not in any overpowering way. The message is not being thrust at us, simply reminding us of the fork in the road that lies ahead.

    I really enjoyed this.



  • At 9:20 AM, Blogger Green-Eyed Lady(GEL) said…

    I, too, was immediately moved by the contrasts Brenda presented.
    Congrats, Brenda upon your first published piece!
    Silvermoon aka Gel


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