This is the first time I am posting my poetry on the blog.
I have been writing since I was 12. Poetry is how I began this writing path of mine. I have thousands of poems in booklets, on my phone, and files all over on hard drives. Yet I have not written poetry for a while.
As I thought more and more about the current batch of posts a poem decided to pop out of my head. This relates to the location I am in and the environment I assume. I look out to the rice fields being worked before me and so this came to me this morning.
I awake with the sunrise.
My job is to work the land.
I work in paradise but I wouldn’t know.
I trod in the mud; I labor each day.
The sun beats down on me.
Sucking the strength from my body.
My muscles should ache.
I no longer feel them.
Each day I walk in the path of others.
Today it is me, but I know...
Before me, it was my father.
I have no skills I have no future.
For my kids, I pray, for labor other than this.
For my wife, I wish for food on the table.
I am a poor farmer, yet richer than most.
I lead my life, with honesty and fairness.
I believe in myself and my prayers.
To be listened to and understood is all I hope for.
With the sunset, I settle, and my body rests.
I am happy to see my family around me.
May they take care of me once I am old.
When I can no longer tend to the fields.
I hope to be content and happy.
I am who I am, a man in the fields.
This is my take on the locals at this time. As I have been getting closer and closer to the men and women around me there is one constant.
That is the fact that we are all the same. We seek security, love, and laughter. We seek the same basic things all over the world. However, the big difference is… These people’s minds have yet to be complicated by the world as much as ours has.
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