Elizabeth Barrette (ysabetwordsmith) wrote,
Elizabeth Barrette

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Poem: "Herbs for the Service of Men"

This poem came out of the February 5, 2019 Poetry Fishbowl. It was inspired by prompts from [personal profile] corvi and [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It also fills the "watering a plant" square in my 9-5-18 Kind and Soft card for the 1000 Words or Less bingo.  This poem has been sponsored by [personal profile] ng_moonmoth. It belongs to the series Fiorenza the Wisewoman.

"Herbs for the Service of Men"

On August 15, the villagers
celebrated the Assumption.

Don Candido walked through
the village with strong men
beside him carrying
jugs of holy water.

Fiorenza poured it
over the herb gardens
and Don Candido
intoned a blessing.

Thou hast visited the Earth
and plentifully watered it:
Thou hast in many ways enriched it.

The procession wound down
to the river, where the people
filled their buckets and urns
with the clear-running water
to take back to their homes.

They knew it was the life
of the village, and without it,
they could never survive there.

The river of God is filled with water,
Thou hast prepared their food:
for so is its preparation.

Abelie and Margherita
followed along the prayers
over the many flowerbeds,
blossoms and gemstones
falling from their lips.

They had been given
the responsibility of
composing their part,
though Fiorenza and
Don Candido had helped.

Bring forth grass for cattle
And herbs for the service of men
That thou mayest bring bread out of the Earth.

Out into the vineyards wound the parade
of people, singing hymns to make the grapes
bear fruit and bring forth the good wine.

Then on to the fields they went,
blessing the wheat, the hay, the olives.

And that wine may cheer the heart of man:
That he may make the face cheerful with oil
And that bread may strengthen man's heart.

Back they all went to the church,
the jugs of holy water empty,
and their hearts full.

They sat for a time
in silence, giving thanks
for herbs for the service of men,
wine and bread and flowers,
grass for the cattle and
clear running water.

Then they went home,
each one of them to tend
the gardens that had been
given into their care.

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Assumption activities are described online.
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