Sunday, March 15, 2009

A Story For You: The Sower (Pt. I)

I would like to begin something new in this post. Poetry has always fascinated me, but I have always shared a love for prose and short fiction. This piece is entitled The Sower and I will break it up in a few posts for you. I hope you enjoy it and I will have shorter posts sprinkled in for the upcoming week.

“Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord till he come and rain righteousness upon you.” (Hosea 10: 12)

The sower inherits calloused hands. Weary, he toils in the sun until twilight. He runs his fingers through the richness of the soil. His efforts go unnoticed on the still mountainside. The seed he plants become his children, and he waters them with prayer. He watches over them with hawkish eyes.

Time lapses as he waits for the harvest. He anticipates hope springing from the earth. But he questions his methods in a quiet contemplation and brews his prospects on black nights with eyes wide open. He longs for the maturation of his seed like a bird nudging his young ones in flight. Time becomes unbearable and his impatient roots begin to grow. But he senses he cannot abandon what God has given him.

Then one morning, while he lay asleep, little leaves sprouted from the brown earth. At dawn, they rose like sleepy children from their beds and his plants were innumerable and plenteous. The stalks were thick and green and water flowed through their roots like veins. Life sprung from the earth and scattered for miles in either direction. He returns to his homeland carrying his baskets with him.


septembermom said...

You have a great gift for prose too! I can feel the poetry in these words!! I look forward to reading more :)

C Will said...

Great Pt.1 looking forward to Pt.2 your writing is so interesting! Thank you!:)

Regina Marie said...

I can somehow tell, you are very comfortable in managed to switch gears in such an engaging way -but it just seems to come from such a deep place! Thanks for stopping by with your comments on my recent blogs as well. Looking foreward to more of your posts girl!

Anonymous said...

I am so blessed, so glad you're here,
Its just wonderful!

Meena said...

aw, this is cute.

Saadi said...

One word; Beautiful!

Beloved Dreamer said...

WG, this is great stuff. You really know how to compose the basics of a short story. Keep it up and I will be back.