The Pen and the Plow


similar in shape not size

both cut deep without reprieve

over land and paper furrows go

“never an easy way”

before setting pen or plow

“find out the nature of the place”

does it require corn or grapes

in that yet unbroken ground

“take command over the fields”

so plant other crops

burn off the empty field

change is good now get to work

fling dung and ashes

shout away the birds

“call down rain with your prayers”

let the crosswise story be told

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NaPoWriMo – write a georgic

Quotes are Virgil translated by Robert Wells

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The Pen and the Plow

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