Harrowing

by | 22 Nov 2020

I stumbled across this poem when I read ‘Reboot’ by Jerry Colonna – a book I enjoyed and recommend. Divorce recovery coaching is metaphorical planting for your ‘greening season’.

The plow has savaged this sweet field
Misshapen clods of earth kicked up
Rocks and twisted roots exposed to view
Last year’s growth demolished by the blade.

I have plowed my life this way
Turned over a whole history
Looking for the roots of what went wrong
Until my face is ravaged, furrowed, scarred.

Enough. The job is done.
Whatever’s been uprooted, let it be
Seedbed for the growing that’s to come.
I plowed to unearth last year’s reasons—

The farmer plows to plant a greening season.

©  Parker J Palmer

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