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SPRING PLOWING, by            
First Line: With restive thoughts I watch the ploughman on an upland field
Last Line: Spring harrowing would find new peace upspringing here and now.
Subject(s): Plowing & Plowmen; Spring


With restive thoughts I watch the ploughman on an upland field.
Gulls follow ... low ... and cry behind his sharp and gleaming share.
How zealously they gather what the upturned earth may yield
As warm spring air is pungent with the scent of mold laid bare.

The nettle-woven stubble of a late year's growing grain
Will soon be overturned and lost forever from the sun.
While some shambling plow man pours new seed upon the plain
And hopes with newer growth, all former yields will be out-done.

Could one put old resentments and past sorrowings away
With no more strife and straining than the hand that guides the plow,
Cut deep and leave forgotten all the cares of yesterday
Spring harrowing would find new peace upspringing here and now.





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