Harrowing by Parker J Palmer

Harrowing by Parker J Palmer

The plow has savaged this sweet field
Misshapen clods of earth kicked up
Rocks and twisted roots exposed to view
Last year’s growth demolished by the blade.

I have plowed my life this way
Turned over a whole history
Looking for the roots of what went wrong
Until my face is ravaged, furrowed, scarred.

Enough. The job is done.
Whatever’s been uprooted, let it be
Seedbed for the growing that’s to come.
I plowed to unearth last year’s reasons—

The farmer plows to plant a greening season.


I was touched when I came across this poem this week. I marked it as a post to reflect on over the weekend – the perfect time to look back.. to look forward.

(H/T: Reboot by Jerry Colonna)