Saturday, 25 February 2012

A Day At The Field

Three Word Wednesday. My first entry. This week's words are Cancel, Elastic and Labour.


She bends over the seeds
Golden paddy husk
And the sweat of her labour
Coat her tanned skin
Stain her blouse dark

Her spine bends over
Then straightens, then bends
Bones like elastic
Matted hair greasing her neck
Fingers worn and cut

She bends over the river
Deftly scrubbing her dirty clothes
She slips in among
The gentle lapping waves
To cancel away the day's grime

17 comments:

  1. Aha,the real working woman. Rural women are blessed with the biggest hearts,the most fragile features. Well done.

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    1. Soumi,

      Thank you for visiting and the kind comment. :)

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    2. I like how you brought this all the way full circle!
      thanks for visiting-

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  2. Beautiful. It reminded me of 'The Solitary Reaper' by William Wordworth (I guess). Your words clearly show her ceaseless effort. Well done.

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  3. Marita:

    Thanks so much for visiting Chubby Chatterbox and for taking time to leave a message. Your blog is very interesting and I sense a mix of spirituality and poetry that is very appealing. The next time you visit Chubby Chatterbox press the join button and I'll return the favor. Have a great day.

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  4. This made me think of the painting by Millet - The Gleaners..the world is built on the labour of women..largely..it feels..Jae

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  5. with simple words you construct some really good pictures
    nice :-)

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    1. Thank you so much for your kind words.

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  6. Tender, tough and emotional all at the same time! Lovely.

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  7. Very thought-provoking and memorable...nicely written and one of those poems that make us sit up and think.
    xx

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    1. Gwen,

      Thank you so much! I am glad you liked it.

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  8. Reminded me of the people working in our fields in my village. Nicely written.

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  9. beautiful words <3 thanks for sharing them and this amazing blog.i love the blue picture that you have attached with it. just wanted to tell you that you are amazing :)

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