Poem Of The Pole Bean

A "Chopstick Bean Pole" for 8-10 pole beans.
A "Chopstick Bean Pole" for 8-10 pole beans. | Source

Aspiring Upward

Nurtured in place,

we can aspire upward

as pole beans know how.

Sealed inside

a hard exterior

is a potential for growth.

Softened in the right setting.

Stormed upon

and rejoicing,

we begin the climb upward.

Not content to await the summit

of our potential,

we produce along the way.

We blossom

again and again....

our reason for being.

Eventually

we will wither,

dry up, and die.

But,

what we produced

along the way,

carries within it

the gifts we have given

to future repetitions

aspiring upwards.

Home, humble or not, is man's bean pole.

Source

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© 2016 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.



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Comments 19 comments

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Shyron E Shenko 10 months ago

Beautiful! Demas, brings back memories of my childhood.

I know about pole beans

Rows and rows of these things

Can't you picture the scenes?

My cousin and I with a bag a poke or sack

Picking pounds and pounds of Pole Beans


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vocalcoach 10 months ago from Nashville Tn.

What a wonderful 'ode to the pole bean.' I remember my childhood days, sitting on the porch, cleaning up the fresh pole beans just picked from our humble garden.


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AliciaC 10 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

I love the ideas in this poem. I've never thought of linking pole beans to our lives, but the comparison works beautifully in your poem.


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Perspycacious 10 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Shyron E Shenko - Usually I plant four Chopstick Bean Poles and have plenty of the green pole beans for four people, with some to spare for freezing. I can visualize fields of pole beans and you "Picking pounds and pounds of Pole Beans." They are certainly easier to hand pick than bush beans with the attendant bending over.


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Perspycacious 10 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

vocalcoach - Don't let that expertise go to waste! I am sure that any pole beans grower will be happy to offer a corner of their porch for you to display your expertise this summer.


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Perspycacious 10 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

AliciaC - I had written on this before, but not as a poem. Next time around it will have to be titled "The Parable Of The Pole Bean." Thanks for commenting.


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Shyron E Shenko 9 months ago

We picked the bush beans too Demas. My grandmother would can them to last for the winter, she canned or pickled everything for us to have food for the winter and beyond to the next harvest.

Blessing my friend.


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Perspycacious 9 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

who worked the hardest, the pickers, the growers, the snappers, the canners, or the beans?


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FlourishAnyway 9 months ago from USA

Who would have imagined that this would be so inspirational? Great job!


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Perspycacious 9 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

FlourishAnyay - I think I imagined that it might be, and I hoped so.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 9 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Wonderful, imaginative and inspirational.


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aviannovice 9 months ago from Stillwater, OK

I really enjoyed this one. I grew up with pole beans. My mother did a lot of canning and some freezing.


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Perspycacious 8 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Dear Gypsy, Just growing fun.


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Perspycacious 8 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Dear Deb, Perhaps some of our friends here on "Exploring Poetry" (facebook) will also join us on HubPages.com. Let's hope so.


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Perspycacious 8 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Dear Deb, Perhaps some of the folks reading this on "Exploring Poetry" (facebook) will join us on HubPages.com. Hope so!


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shprd74 8 months ago from Bangalore

Excellent. The comparison is wonderful.

Check my poem earth has sung. Has a similar moto.

- hari


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shprd74 8 months ago from Bangalore

It is 'Earth sung a song'.

- hari


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Peggy W 8 months ago from Houston, Texas

I enjoyed your poem about pole beans. I have only grown the bush variety but might give it a try sometime. Right now my little garden is full. Will have to wait for another time.


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Perspycacious 2 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

The season for pole beans in America is winding down just as the season for candidates is speeding up. Hang on for the wild finish!

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