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(Instructor of poetry, Hagerstown, MD)

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, Hand-Haying

The rhythm of the scythe plume
In the summer heat.
The step-by, step-by cadence
Of the old man’s steady feet.

The zip-saw of the whet-stone
Against the metal blade.
The wizened hands like leather
That never knew the shade.

And I am just a child again
On a tumbled stoop;
Watching ancient haying,
Marveling at the crop

Of tumbled swathes of timothy
Symmetrically alive,
Falling layer on even layer
To the mercy of the scythe.

Submitted: Saturday, October 25, 2008
Edited: Monday, June 17, 2013


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  • Yash Shinde (4/13/2014 1:07:00 PM)

    ......a well composed write..............lovely and wonderful poem

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  • Laurie X3 (3/12/2014 5:40:00 PM)

    The mind is a Palace! ! And the memories to visit such treasures as is your memory immortalized in this poem.

  • Smoky Hoss (10/13/2013 3:09:00 PM)

    What a superb tribute. My father was raised on a farm using a team of horses to pull the rake, harow, plow and etc. He told me stories of the old ways of hard hand labor... and how he missed it. It was 20 years ago today that he passed-on, so it is perfect for me to read at this time; my memories smile, for that thank you sincerely. You write wonderfully.

  • Heather Wilson (2/10/2013 4:28:00 PM)

    So true to life write, I was brought up out in the country, I remember my dad using a scythe, also being told the dangers of it, I was always amazed at what it could achieve.

  • Paul Brookes (12/29/2012 1:02:00 PM)

    Beautiful..................................: O)

  • John Brown (10/28/2012 10:52:00 AM)

    Great poem. I love the third line.

  • Maria B (9/12/2012 8:53:00 PM)

    ... hands like leather/that never knew the shade. Wonderful. The rhyming works very well in this poem Adeline. Thank you for introducing me to your work.

  • Renee' Marie (9/3/2012 1:55:00 PM)

    I love the imagery in this stanza: 'And the storms that rage a rocky coast
    Are music to the ears
    Of one who’s known their lonely cry
    All through his youthful years.

  • Howard Johnson (6/10/2012 2:46:00 PM)

    A pleasure to read, full of rhythms, and imagery, !

  • Nick Bell (5/22/2012 3:43:00 PM)

    I love this poem, it's so lovely and well written. :) - Nick

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