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Destruction
For a dandelion –
Survival!

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photo by Johnny Berg at
http://www.rgbstock.com/photo/mrUlABK/Dandelion

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* The haiku I write are lines of 3-5-3 syllables instead of 5-7-5.

See Haiku article here for explanation, if needed: https://thebardonthehill.wordpress.com/2011/08/08/haiku/
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© Dennis Allen Lange and thebardonthehill.wordpress.com, 2017.

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Ye sons of earth prepare the plough,
Break up your fallow ground!
The Sower is gone forth to sow,
And scatter blessings round.

The seed that finds a stony soil,
Shoots forth a hasty blade;
But ill repays the sower’s toil,
Soon withered, scorched, and dead.

The thorny ground is sure to balk
All hopes of harvest there;
We find a tall and sickly stalk,
But not the fruitful ear.

The beaten path and high-way side
Receive the trust in vain;
The watchful birds the spoil divide,
And pick up all the grain.

But where the Lord of grace and power
Has blessed the happy field;
How plenteous is the golden store
The deep-wrought furrows yield!

Father of mercies we have need
Of thy preparing grace;
Let the same hand that gives the seed,
Provide a fruitful place.

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(see Matthew 13)

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Thorns

(Photo credit: Universal Pops)

Sonnet 79 – From Tiny Acorns – Thorns

If you could just think it, then thinking is fine,
But thinking will lead you to table to dine.
And there, as you eat what your thoughts were about,
You’ll find that thoughts fatten, for thoughts must come out. 

If you could just think it, then thinking is fine,
But thinking will lead you to take what is mine.
First one will covet and then one will steal.
You’ll take someone’s mate, or his mule, or his meal. 

If you could just think it, then thinking is fine,
But hating will make you cross over the line.
And then with your actions, you’ll take a man’s life –
In bits and in pieces, or sudden, with knife. 

Our thoughts are the seed and the crop is the deeds;
So stop all the bad ones before they grow weeds.

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© Dennis Lange and thebardonthehill.wordpress.com, 2013.

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