planting promises

Shanyns at encouraged us to plant seeds!



“Those who sow in tears will reap

with songs of joy.

He who goes out weeping,

carrying seeds to sow,

will return with songs of joy,

carrying sheaves with him.”

(Psalm 126:5 & 6)



listening sows seeds of empathy

kindness sows seeds of unity

understanding sows seeds of peace

waiting sows seeds of patience

curiosity sows seeds of knowledge

prayer sows seeds of faith

sacrifice sows seeds of love



farmer hauls last harvest’s hard work of golden kernels

past this year’s green fields of new crops standing on row;


educator wraps up difficult school year with fresh ideas

for creative learning adventures with students next term;


graduate reminisces glory of past achievement even

while looking ahead in pursuit of future opportunities;


young mother forgets pain of groaning labor when

snuggling softly whimpering newborn to her heart;


married couple celebrates milestone anniversary

thankful for gritty grace to commit for lifetime;


writer smiles at words wrestled into submission after

thoughts are extracted, expressed with fluent flourish.




12 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Bryan Ens
    Jun 05, 2014 @ 04:04:00

    Beautiful! Each stanza reinforced and strengthened the one before it. So many negatives that, with time and growth, become positives


  2. lynndiane
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 22:57:57

    Thanks to my fellow poets for your kind words…i kept format but edited a bit 🙂


  3. Gabriella
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 19:02:45

    I enjoyed all the poems but the second one is my favorite. I love the idea that the good we sow grows into something much bigger and positive.


  4. pandamoniumcat
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 10:31:16

    I liked the first part too very inspirational and something to remember. The second just brings it together. Nicely done.


  5. Glenn Buttkus
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 03:24:20

    A very interesting spectrum of responses, & styles from stanza to stanza; but the third one seems like cool American Sentences, & it broke out of the strict parameters demonstrated by the first two; very liberating & imaginative. I like the farmer sentence/sub-stanza, so vivid passing in parade the crops on row. Nice effort, lovely results.


  6. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 02:31:55

    I love how the first part tells.. and second shows… a mirror of each other.. we need to keep the sowing in mind.. and grow


  7. Mary
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 02:06:41

    There are such wonderful lessons in your writing! I especially liked the gems of wisdom in the second stanza…especially ‘prayer sows seeds of faith.’ And in the third stanza I liked the idea that the laboring mother forgets all the pain the moment new life enters the world. I really loved your approach!


  8. bmiller007 (@bmiller007)
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 00:37:11

    we have forgotten much of sowing and reaping since bible times….they used to be a bit more dependent on the land…and understood the metaphor better than us….none better than the farmer….our actions and attitudes tell the true story of it…


  9. Grace
    Jun 04, 2014 @ 00:04:18

    I like the different examples of you reap, what you sow ~ A very meaningful write ~


  10. freyathewriter
    Jun 03, 2014 @ 22:39:07

    The second stanza really spoke to me tonight. Thank you.


  11. claudia
    Jun 03, 2014 @ 17:13:35

    you know… i loved the first part esp cause it makes it so clear… we cannot sow a specific seed and expect that something else grows from it… some people think if they sow hate peace will grow.. and that will never happen


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