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The Seed of Hope
by Carmen Ruggero
Saturday, May 05, 2007
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I've been revising old poetry in the hopes of finally putting a book together. I have picked this one for a good reason. In case my absenteeism puzzles you. They have found a tumor in my lung believed to be cancer. I will go through surgery on the 15th of this month. We hope it all goes well and your prayers are indeed, needed. This poem is one of hope and so, I've done my revisions, and I offer it to you today.

The Seed of Hope


The old man stood at the edge of a snowy path,
and in a moment's madness retraced his steps
seeking to understand his journey’s wrath.

“No more,” he said, “I’m tired Lord. No more!”
And so he prayed for death to come his way
and in mercy, end his empty days on earth.

But he still looked back – over his shoulder.
He remembered sowing his seed in spring,
and in the summertime, watching his kernel grow.

He remembered dreaming of the harvest,
trusting autumn’s gold would shine some day,
and he felt renewed as he did back then. 

But on his journey’s end, the bitter winter of his life,
his heart was gouged by a blade honed with irony,
for his seed had perished in infertile ground.

And he stood at the edge of that dark, snowy path,
taking an embittered glimpse at the past. Nothing to show,
but a sack of dreams dangling empty from his back.

“No more,” he said again; closed his eyes, then turned
to the silver sky and shouted his anger with might:
“I’m tired, Lord; take me home. Take me now!”

Then, his gaze fell on a snow-laden pine. Icy crystals
trickling down its limbs, quenched natures thirst for life,
and he would sow the seed of hope, one more time. 


Carmen Ruggero .2007

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Reviewed by neerja gandhi
faith and hope.very beautiful.
Reviewed by Amor Sabor
Something lonely about that picture...And the cold amplifies it so. But the seeds of hope bring back the beauty of nature. Beautiful expression, remain in my prayers and hopes that you will be well.
Reviewed by Cynth'ya
Seeing this picture makes me think of the coolness of winter,and how it slows us down just long enough (like your poem did) to think about the simpler finer things we sometimes miss.

Anyone too busy to slow down will be stopped by nature eventually. We may as well enjoy life while we can.

blessin's, and much love, we miss you here in Muncie Sis! Call me sometime,
Reviewed by Phyllis Jean Green
Miraculous!! The faith and passion that imbue your work are matched only by your talent for carving exactly the right images and placing them within a framework that is flawlessly rhymthmic and. . .just plain right. Love you, Car-o-mina! M i s s you!! <3 Pea <3
Reviewed by C. McGovern-Bowen
nature, the great healer... this is a masterfully scribed piece, carmen. your sage words always engage and nourish. well done, poetess.
peace and blessings,
Reviewed by Helga Ross
> and he would sow the seed of hope, one more time.

And my hope on hearing this, is with you, too, dear Carmen. Something brought me here this morning--only after the fact to learn of it. I pray you've made it through, and read this--and let us know good news.


Reviewed by E. Richardson
lovely work, lovely fact the art reminds me greatly of an Ansel Adams showing I saw in Chicago many years ago.
God bless are in my prayers.
Reviewed by jude forese
be well, Carmen ... hope is a powerful force, utilize it ...
Reviewed by Kathryn Collins
Carmen --

What beautiful words you've penned in light of your news. That book will be published and I will think of you on the 15th and pray my prayers. Keep that mustard seed of hope in your heart and I will offer mine. Love to you in the next few weeks.

many hugs and love,
Reviewed by Regina Pounds
Carmen, that seed of hope is the best human spirit can hang on to and you have expressed the traveller's feelings and thoughts just exquisitely..your news comes as a here come prayers and good thoughts and wishes your way...and my heart-felt admiration.

much love,
Reviewed by E T Waldron
Oh my Carmen, your news and this poem together is so powerful,and though my heart aches for you, I sense your hope and faith are strong coming from within the core of this superb write!
I applaud you for your courage. This poem is a gift to all who read it! You'll be in my thoughts and prayers. Keep the faith!The optimism you have
is a true blessing! Keep me informed
please dear friend!


Reviewed by Tinka Boukes
OMG shook me with this one...being at that low spot these last few days....I can so relate to this old man in your poem!!

Thank you for this my friend!!

Love Tinka
Reviewed by Kimmy Van Kooten
"Then, his gaze fell on a snow-laden pine. Icy crystals
trickling down its limbs, quenched natures thirst for life,
and he would sow the seed of hope, one more time."

Now this is truly poetry, Carmen!
May you weather this winter of your life right now, bask in the flowers of Spring...and the passions of a Summer heat to the harvesting of more memories and dreams to come! Good luck with your book...this is a keeper!
Outstanding penning~
God Bless!
Love and Peace~
Reviewed by Georg Mateos
Carmen, I was a few times that old man saying "no más" because I was at the end of my teeter.
Then again, I remember one that keep falling and didn't stay down but kept raising again and again until He reached the sky.
All be well with you, it needs to be, because your life are lying on many pilars made with the prayers of all your friends.
Acuérdese las palabras del Martín Fierro...sea fuerte y tenga fe.
Reviewed by Karen Palumbo
Carmen my thoughts and prayers are with you on this journey. Godspeed to you, have faith!

Be safe,
Reviewed by H Cruz
Interesting muse, go to the head of the class!
Reviewed by Chantilly Lace (Reader)
Very beautiful write,Hugsssssss
Reviewed by Karla Dorman, The StormSpinner

(((Prayers and HUGS))) Our God is able to heal. Our God is able to still the storms raging in your body, as well as the ones surrounding us. Lean on Him, trust Him to get you through. Of course, you will be in prayer regarding your surgery and health. Powerful, hope filled write...thank you.

(((HUGS))) and love, Karla.
Reviewed by Karen Lynn Vidra, The Texas Tornado
O, Carmen, it is good to see you again; but I am sorry about the news regarding your health. I will be praying hard for you, that Jesus removes it and that the surgery (if needed) is a success! Hope is indeed what gives us the strength to go on in mitigating circumstances. Faith can move mountains; I know. I've been there, and I will continue to rely on God when things get to me. God be with you when you have your surgery, and rely on God to get you through this valley. Very well penned, Carmen!

(((HUGS))) and much love, your friend in Tx., Karen Lynn. :(
Reviewed by J M
"Then, his gaze fell on a snow-laden pine. Icy crystals
trickling down its limbs, quenched natures thirst for life,
and he would sow the seed of hope, one more time. "
Hope is the substance of things longed for and faith in hope is the reason we receive prayers and answers. I have you in prayer and I wish his peace of all understanding to be a comfort during this trying time for your life Dear Carmen. This poem is reflective and beautiful full of inspiring hope for many.
Blessings & Respect,
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