Land so dry.
The skies are filled with smoke.
Fires rage in the nearby hills,
but still she wields her spade.
Slipping on her worn, leather gloves,
she takes the bulbs,
the daffodil bulbs,
and faces this drought—
A firm, swift thrust
ploughs the spade in earth;
dry as powdered bones.
Dust rises to meet her eyes
while smoldering forest breath
mingles with her own.
On her knees she lifts the bulbs,
placing them in careful rows.
taking handfuls of the aching earth,
she carefully covers their pointed heads
deep inside their grave.
She fills the bucket with liquid gold
bringing the rain that will not come.
She soaks the surface of fresh-dug ground,
now so foreign to damp refreshment
that the water pools, seeping in slow.
Her labor of love now complete,
she closes her eyes and dreams of Spring.
The yellow trumpets will sing their song,
and the skies
will applaud with rain.
She grabs her spade and turns away,
knowing that those bulbs,
those daffodil bulbs,
were her way of planting Hope.
Some words from the poet:
This poem was written during the widespread drought last fall that affected the whole southeast region of the US, which also resulted in massive forest fires, some of which were very near my own home in East Tennessee.
Samantha is a member of Wellspring Mennonite Church and believes in living out courageous faith in a big God who still works wonders on behalf of His people.