Under The Warm

Under The Warm

Blood and memory

parchment and bone

fetal and nameless in earth

beneath the toppled stones

with grooves time flattened smooth

and without regard

for those who honed them—

the bent backs that gathered the

felled stalks in a steady rhythm

to dry and ripen and resist

the autumn rain

until the threshing.

Civilization began this way—

with the sweat and the invention

and the spread of untouched seed soon anointed

yet martyred

by the scythe that lurks

in the shadows of autumn

and seeks to guillotine the heads

from even the harshest beauty

pinching off seasons of hubris

and madness.

Something not living

tracks the miles

of every journey.

© 2012 susan beck

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ahorseback 4 years ago

I doo like this girl she can write!

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Poohgranma 4 years ago from On the edge

Your poem and photo have been stolen and posted here:


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Steele Fields 4 years ago from drexel hill,pa Author

Hey Wayne! Thanks for stopping by. I wanted to get something new up and I'm glad you checked it out. You're my true blue.

Kind regards,


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

Absolutely beautiful and so tragically true regarding the aging graveyards of our past...a tragedy in so many instances. Time is truly marked by the decay of inantimate things which surround us marking our passing through this world. Great job on this one, Steele...as usual. You have an extreme talent with words. Up and Awesome! WB

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Steele Fields 4 years ago from drexel hill,pa Author

Thanks, Sonya! Your comment appeared about six seconds after I published the hub, lol. Wow- that's a record. All the best, Steele

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Sonya L Morley 4 years ago from Edinburgh

Strong imagery here, the last three lines especially are powerful. Voted up and interesting.

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