The Gleaning

canary seed

When your shoulders, bending low beneath their heavy load,

Bow defeated with the weight of what your day’s bestowed,

Lift your eyes above the waves, set down your raging fears ;

Pregnant with a harvest-hope, your gleaning time appears.


Canary seed soon to be gleaned…

16 comments on “The Gleaning

  1. v4vikey says:

    Very Beautiful Photograph…..

  2. Gallivanta says:

    Canary seed? How do you keep birds away from the crop? 🙂

  3. Caddo says:

    “Pregnant with harvest-hope”–WOW Wonderful, Mel!!

  4. Once again, you’re able to capture in imagery the essence of your poetry. Beautiful!

  5. melodylowes says:

    I’m not sure that you can! Except that thankfully, our local ‘canaries’ have flown the coop for warmer places by this time of year, so maybe all is well? 😉

  6. How much good perspective does for the brittle back bone! Wonderful ! Faithfully Debbie

  7. Pam says:

    I’ve never seen this grain before. How beautiful – image AND words!

    • melodylowes says:

      It’s a relatively new crop to the Canadian prairies. It is incredibly ITCHY to work with – anyone with allergies simply can’t grow it. It can be incredibly profitable, though – ironic, since it is literally grown to feed pet birds, and is often worth much more than wheat, which feeds people. Hmmm…. Thanks Pam!

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