Saturday, February 13, 2010

This is the precept by which I have lived: Prepare for the worst; expect the best; and take what comes.


Fields filled with growing somethingorthers [potatoes? leeks? cabbages? onions? swedes? any ideas?] in Ridgley, just outside of Burnie. I do like the morning light on crops.

This photo leads me into today's poem, from one of Australia's favourites, Judith Wright.

Woman To Man, Judith Wright

The eyeless labourer in the night,
the selfless, shapeless seed I hold,
builds for its resurrection day---
silent and swift and deep from sight
foresees the unimagined light.

This is no child with a child's face;
this has no name to name it by;
yet you and I have known it well.
This is our hunter and our chase,
the third who lay in our embrace.

This is the strength that your arm knows,
the arc of flesh that is my breast,
the precise crystals of our eyes.
This is the blood's wild tree that grows
the intricate and folded rose.

This is the maker and the made;
this is the question and reply;
the blind head butting at the dark,
the blaze of light along the blade.
Oh hold me, for I am afraid.

2 comments:

Chuck Pefley said...

Oh, I'm quite certain this field is filled with a crop of Swedes. Yes, that's it.

Actually, it looks a bit like a vineyard ...

Kris said...

I always imagine Swedes a being blonder...

Thank you, I'm here most nights.