"The Corn Harvest" by Pieter Bruegel the Elder‘Grain’ and Other Poetry by Stephen Ramsek The Society March 23, 2021 Beauty, Culture, High School Submissions, Poetry 25 Comments . Grain If the future were a famine And tomorrow were a blight, Would we close our eyes today in Light of Future’s tragic sight? If the future were a famine And eternity, disease, Would we leave our fields and flocks to Wither, living lives of ease? If the future were a famine And the rest of life were Hell, And the church began to cease to Draw from Scripture’s moss-rimmed well, If the sower ceased to sow and Every gatherer resigned, Then the future would be famine, Though one of a different kind. If the future is a famine, Let us sow, pray God for rain, Clutch Today while in her presence, And with gladness reap our grain. . . Minds are Isles Our minds are isolated isles, the cosmos is the sea, Whose tides run blithely from the endless sphere of Deity, And through untold arrays of cryptic passages descend, Determining all that we do and do not comprehend. . . Stephen Ramsek is a 12th grade student at God’s Grace Academy, in Kentucky. NOTE: The Society considers this page, where your poetry resides, to be your residence as well, where you may invite family, friends, and others to visit. Feel free to treat this page as your home and remove anyone here who disrespects you. Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Put “Remove Comment” in the subject line and list which comments you would like removed. The Society does not endorse any views expressed in individual poems or comments and reserves the right to remove any comments to maintain the decorum of this website and the integrity of the Society. Please see our Comments Policy here. 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Reply Joe Tessitore March 23, 2021 I read it to be an embrace of the Truth and a rejection of the Litany of Leftist Lies, climate change running a close second to Nancy Pelosi’s sacrament of abortion. Reply C.B. Anderson March 23, 2021 Right you are , Joe. I would only add that Freeman (a misnomer if there ever was one) does not seem to understand that climate change has been a natural feature of the natural world forever. And I agree completely that Master Ramsek has a bright future in this business if he decides to keep up with it. Just a tweak here and there is all his poems need in order to ascend to perfection. God bless Kentucky! Reply Joe Tessitore March 23, 2021 Bards, bourbon and bluegrass – Amen! Stephen Ramsek April 6, 2021 Thank you, C.B.! It’s my plan to keep writing and never stop! Stephen Ramsek April 6, 2021 Thank you so much, Paul! I didn’t have climate change in mind when I wrote it, but I think I see how you came to that conclusion. ‘Grain’ is about not letting our idea of what the future may be interfere with our “redemption” of the present (Ephesians 5:16). Reply Dan Blackston March 23, 2021 Nice work! Reply Stephen Ramsek April 6, 2021 Thank you, Dan! Reply Daniel Blackston March 23, 2021 Bravo! Reply Tonia Kalouria March 23, 2021 Love both message and melodious sound. Reply Stephen Ramsek April 6, 2021 Thank you, Tonia! I’m glad you found the poems edifying! Reply Gail March 23, 2021 So . . . some with ears cannot hear, and some with eyes cannot see. Keep clinging to the truth; it’s the only thing worth telling. These were done heartily as unto the Lord. So encouraging. On a (much!) less spiritual note . . . may I introduce you to my daughters? (Ha!) Reply Stephen Ramsek April 6, 2021 Thank you so much, Gail! I agree, and I’m glad you found the poems encouraging! Sure! Reply Gail March 23, 2021 P.S. I just forwarded your work to them both. Reply Margaret Coats March 23, 2021 “Grain” is a poem where images, ideas, and sounds work out beautifully. By referring to famine, fields, flocks, sower and gatherer, it effectively recalls a number of passages from “Scripture’s moss-rimmed well.” The logic is complex but the poet is in control and achieves a worthy resolution to all he says. I don’t find that to be the case with “Minds are Isles.” The main problem is that the subject of the verb “descend” must be “tides.” These tides of the cosmos therefore travel through cryptic passages, determining what we comprehend, but what are they in relation to the cosmos, the Deity, the passages, and indeed to our minds? The title image is just not enough to give real substance of thought to the poem. Please take this as the constructive criticism it’s meant to be. You did a fine job of keeping those long lines flowing; when I try that, they tend to break up unsatisfactorily. But these lines need to provide more clues as to where thought is flowing. Reply Stephen Ramsek April 6, 2021 Thank you so much, Dr. Coats! Thank you for your critique of “Minds are Isles”; I completely agree. I’ll work on revising it accordingly. Reply Paul Freeman March 23, 2021 A note on the amazing picture Evan has used to illustrate the poems. When I worked at a country museum in the UK, I transcribed a number of 18th and 19th century documents. Some of these documents listed the remuneration of farm labourers, which twice a day included ale, bread and cheese, brought to them in the fields so as not to interrupt their toil. Reply Sally Cook March 23, 2021 I am so happy to see what a student can do when let loose on the world. Yours is a fine raw talent, and with cultivation will bloom in wondrous ways. Now don’t get a big head; be sure you have a way to sustain yourself. But don’t stop writing! Please submit again, and know that the people on this site are all rooting for you. Great work; good job. Reply Stephen Ramsek April 6, 2021 Thank you so much, Sally! And thank you for the encouragement to keep writing and submit again; I definitely will (Lord willing!) Reply Mo March 23, 2021 Stephen, I love your “cryptic passages” image. Mighty fine work, young man… Reply Stephen Ramsek April 6, 2021 Thank you so much, Mo! Reply Cynthia Erlandson March 23, 2021 I think that both your creative ideas, and your artistic expression of them, are very impressive. You are gifted; you must keep writing! Reply Stephen Ramsek April 6, 2021 Thank you so much, Cynthia! Soli Deo Gloria, and I’ll definitely keep at it! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.