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The Tiller and His Dream
by Susan K. de Vegter
Thursday, July 17, 2003

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A salute to the backbone of AMERICA.

I travel a lot by choice and career and criss- crossing America and her farmlands is emotional for me. I notice the hard work and results and I also know that they are America's backbone and people in the city need to read a poem or two about this life style.

The Tiller and His Dreams

Some chores for the laborer magnify their dreams
He that tills instead of writes sees the mighty stream
He watches clouds that change the land with shadows of promised rain
He smells the hint of campfires close this beauty is his brain
His blistered hands signify the promise of fresh fruit
His muscled arms tell the tale of leathered flesh and soot
The farmland tilled gives him the chance to frame each meadow flower
Then when it rains its soothes his soul with a cleansing evening shower
He the laborer...twisted strength...the words that never come
The painted earth he visualizes...his emotions more...than some
He goes to sleep and in his dreams his day becomes his home
He dreams the words that he worked abreast in a living poem
The tiller works with beauty close he is a man of dreams
He doesn't have the words sometimes instead he fords the stream
He smells the freshly home cooked bread then closes eyes to taste
He may be a bunioned farmhand but nothing goes to waste

2003 Susan K. Rowse

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Reviewed by Fr. Kurt Messick 7/19/2003
Reminds me of the parable of the labourers in the vineyard.
Reviewed by Marilyn Seray 7/18/2003
Susan, this left me with a smile on my face for its magnificence!
Reviewed by Cherokee Sage (Reader) 7/18/2003
Fine work, dear lady. How are you?

Reviewed by Tinka Boukes 7/18/2003
Beautiful write Susan!!
Reviewed by Paul Berube 7/18/2003
Susan, penned beautifully. Makes me want to get out in my garden. A tillers life is a tough one. That's for sure.
Reviewed by Bonnie Torrente 7/18/2003
Being from Penna Dutch country, I believe you discribed him perfectly, Susan.
Nice trip.

Reviewed by Jack Roberts 7/17/2003
I like this Susan!! Very nice!! I love the smell of the soil turned over in the spring.

Reviewed by Elizabeth Taylor (Reader) 7/17/2003
Beautiful work, Susan.
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