Left Behind

a butterfly cinquain & tanka

humble
the life he'd known
tilling earth, sowing seeds
so much work, so little reward
Alone
left to see all nature's beauty
sun shining with promise
adventure calls
life waits
where does one find reprieve
when their back's bent from ceaseless labour
how does one in life believe
when efforts yield nothing better
path of the siren
adorned with nature's seduction
lure for heavy hearts
her tune calls for sacrifice
all he has he leaves behind

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Sadje says:

    So moving Jude!
    Lovely poem.
    Thanks for joining in the challenge.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      thank you Sadje, that photo is so representative of the rural areas in my country,

      Liked by 1 person

      1. Sadje says:

        You’re welcome!

        Liked by 1 person

  2. Chris Hall says:

    That’s lovely, Jude, so lyrical; words and emotions strung together beautifully.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. judeitakali says:

      thank you Chris, farmers here strive and strain, both women and men riding those bicycles with hoes trying to make an impossible profit and support families but conditions are getting a bit better for them

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  3. Violet Lentz says:

    The sadness in the efforts of so many ending up with so little is palpable in the second bit. Very well done.

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    1. judeitakali says:

      yes Violet, this image is all too common with struggling farmers here so it brought out all those emotions in me

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