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Poetry Pleases: Strange Seeds

Anne Veronica Steward was moved to write this powerful poem after visiting a minefield in Cambodia.

An account of that visit will appear in Open Writing next week.

Strange seeds sown
in rich, red earth.
Silent soldiers
primed,ready,
hidden, patient.
Waiting for
the flowering.

Farmers working,
children playing,
cattle grazing,
all unwary.
Tread softly.
Oh, so softly.
They may wake.

Harvesting limbs,
eyes and bodies.
Fathers, mothers,
little children.
Taking cattle,
taking life,
uncaring.

Flaming scarlet,
raging orange,
blasting outwards,
tearing, rending.
Never taking
any prisoners.
Just victims.

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