Family Plowing    


I plow the paper with a pen

engaged as the family has been

in cultivation: sowing and reaping.


I plow the paper with a pen,

in a solitary field -

it always has been.


My father was a farmer,

his father, and his before him;

we are plowmen in our rows.


I plow the paper with a pen -

rows of words across the space

in neat and even lines.


Though plowing is the family business,

my "machineries" now differ

for a different kind of crop.


But the plowing is the same:

long straight lines

across unmarked fields.


  • Goldfinch60

    Wonderful comparison dl, that blank page can give us all our wonderful words to 'plough' onto it.


  • L. B. Mek

    very much like the Seamus Heaney poem 'Digging':
    wonderful write

  • Lorna

    Good one.... we've all been raised with the romance of a farmer's life but dig a little and it must be full of terrible anxiety and pain..... glad you are happy in your choice........

    • dlherrmann

      It's not the unreliable income, no steady paycheck, or having to pay for and repair everything you work with, or the constant physical labor - I didn't like working in the noise, oil/grease and breathing dust. I wanted to create stories.

    • The Uneducated O.A.P

      Nothing wrong in ploughing a different field, we all make our own way in life.
      Nice read

    • dusk arising

      A very readable analogy piece. But your heritage made a financial living from the land, you would find it near impossible to feed yourself from poetry income. There are not a lot of poets or authors who can solely rely upon the writing for a reasonable livable income - though some are indeed millionaires.

      • dlherrmann

        My family scrapped by barely surviving. We lived in a dump and drove junk. I and my wife worked various jobs to support our family and I wrote very little, but some. Now, I'm retired and write.

        • dusk arising

          Ah, well that puts a completely different context in place then. You write very well and i look forward to reading more from you.

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        • ANGELA & BRIAN

          Brian here ~ Good Evning Friend welcome to MPS it is a proactive site which operates by reading & commenting on each others Poetry. Please visit our SITE ~ Thanks. We love your simile between *Ploughing a furrow on the Land* and *Ploughing lines of Prose or Poetry on Paper* The former is hard Physical Work & the latter hard Mentally ! When we write we drop seeds of Truth onto the Lines (furrows) which will bear fruit as people read - mark - learn & inwardly digest it - Food for the Brain ! In your excelent First Poem - of well balanced triplets - Yiou have delivered a good *crop* which has made us think about the purpose & value of our own wraiting ~ More Poems Please ~ AMEN

          Blessings & Peace to You & Yours
          Love Angela & Brian ! !

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