Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Abandoned Farm


Their roots went deep, they said, into the land...
But not as deep, it seems, as one spring's rut.
The wagon sank;
Their faint hearts sank.
"Say, neighbor, can you lend a hand?"
But still the wagon sat there in the mud.

They left the wagon there that spring.
A few more springs and falls and snow
And they abandoned everything
And left. Where, I don't know.

And let us not be weary in well doing:
for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.

--Galatians 6:9 KJV

My thanks to Magpie Tales for the photo that prompted this poem. Follow the link to find other people's thoughts on the same image.

14 comments:

Jim Swindle said...

Please pray for the many people affected by the fires here in Texas. This morning a fire vehicle rushed again (fourth time, maybe) to a minor hot spot about 1000 feet from our house. I have friends who don't yet know whether they have houses to return to. Pray that the Lord will send us rain. Our own house is probably in little danger, but please pray for the whole situation.

gautami tripathy said...

Very very good!

hitching a ride in rusted trails

PS: I pray for those who have been affected..

dfish said...

Some friends of mine are in the area as well,and were told to be ready to evacuate. It reminds us of how dependent we are on god's protection day by day.

How many quit because they don't see beyond the problems. Great poem.

Doctor FTSE said...

Good work, Jim. Put me in mind of reading "The Grapes of Wrath" many years ago.

A very unhappy time for Texans. Their trials, and yours, Jim, in our hearts.

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

Rest assured that everyone is in my prayers...

JJrod'z

Helen said...

Jim, I enjoyed your Magpie .... I am thinking of all my friends in Texas, sending them energy and hope that the fires will be contained soon .. here in Central Oregon we are waging battles with forest fires too. So many acres of beautiful land destroyed.

Ann Grenier said...

Jim,

My heart aches for you and Texans experiencing these trials of fire. Here in RI we had hurricane Irene and a week without electricity. I felt guilty for my exasperation with the situation but kept thinking of others everywhere whose circumstances are so very much worse. I will continue to pray for relief there.
You have written an excellent poem for the prompt!

Trellissimo said...

Thinking of you, Jim, and all besieged Texans. And thanks for the super poem.

Jim Swindle said...

Thank you, each one, for thoughts and prayers. It looks like our house (and whole neighborhood) will be fine. A fireman said last night to expect the spot to smoke or even flame a bit for days, but they bulldozed a circle around the fire, and all that's still smoldering is within the circle. My friend Mac and his family still don't know whether their house is standing.

Carrie Burtt said...

A sad but beautiful piece Jim. I see you are from Texas....i am as well....i have a lot of family that had to evacuate earlier in the week. Thank you for your prayers. :-)

Tess Kincaid said...

This made me think of the Joads in The Grapes of Wrath...

Jim Swindle said...

Very good news: My friends were finally allowed home, and their houses were untouched.

Jim Swindle said...

Carrie Burtt, may the Lord guide and protect and provide for your family. Sorry that I didn't see your note until now.

Morning said...

beautiful thoughts...