Take the Reins

Take the Reins

A Poem by Robert Ray

A pernicious plague, deep within the earth,

The vilest rot and most ferocious pests;

Devoured, a rich land that has given birth;

Sustenance, life, north, south, east, west.

 

Now in ruin, five-hundred and thirty-five acres of diseased crops,

Between the Gnomic and Apraxia Rivers, dark and deep;

From the deepest cotton roots to the highest corn tops;

Maggots, white grubs, and black cutworms, crawl and creep.

 

And, termites in the white farmhouse and fence pickets,

And, rodents in the great bunkhouse, down the dirt path,

And more vermin in the old rose garden and rabbit thickets;

The rot, rodents, and little pests advance, a merciless wicked wrath.

 

A lone farmer cries out, in hand his ax, saw, and matches.

“Please, help me! Chop, cut, burn out the marauding trespassers!

Light the match; fuel and stoke the fire until all evil catches,

Or leaves in a fury, retreating across the scorched fields and pastures.”

 

Then, the farmer’s neighbor hurries forward, horse and plow.

“Take the reins, cut new furrows and turn the diseased lands.

And, before God, kneel and make this solemn, sacred vow.

Better to cut and plow than burn---evil in your heart, fire in your hands.”

 

 


© 2017 Robert Ray



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WOW! This is a stunning story with an unexpected & memorable lesson! Having grown up in the country, I am familiar with all the vermin that work against us. Your descriptions of all the creepy crawlers is honest & a little dramatic, but it works for the effect of painting this scourge . . . and developing the idea that one just wants to burn it all down to kill the vermin, but it would also kill everything that's good. This is a remarkable way to make this point. Well done! (((HUGS))) Fondly Margie

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Robert Ray

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Thank you, Margie, for your kind words. I always respect your time and feedback. Much appreciated!



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WOW! This is a stunning story with an unexpected & memorable lesson! Having grown up in the country, I am familiar with all the vermin that work against us. Your descriptions of all the creepy crawlers is honest & a little dramatic, but it works for the effect of painting this scourge . . . and developing the idea that one just wants to burn it all down to kill the vermin, but it would also kill everything that's good. This is a remarkable way to make this point. Well done! (((HUGS))) Fondly Margie

Posted 3 Days Ago


1 of 1 people found this review constructive.

Robert Ray

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Thank you, Margie, for your kind words. I always respect your time and feedback. Much appreciated!

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Added on December 4, 2017
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Robert Ray

Madison, IN



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