I Was a Seed

Brian Ens is running the show at dVerse Poets Pub today and is asking us to write a poem in any form. The catch? We have to explain why we chose the form that we did.

I decided to write a Rondeau. I selected this form because it is a bit irregular in that each stanza has a different number of lines, it includes an element of repetition (which I like to do anyway in my poetry), and the iambic tetrameter requirement fit the first line I wanted to write. This poem was inspired by a Facebook post of a Mexican proverb that says, “They tried to bury us. They didn’t know we were seeds.” This proverb reminded me of John 12:24.

I Was a Seed

You tried to bury me in shame
Obliterate my holy name
You didn’t know I was a seed
You buried me and I was freed
In my dark grave the Savior came

So now in Him new life I claim
Bold and strong I grow, not the same
You thought I was only a weed
You tried to bury me

As if emerging from the flame
Wholly knowing I’m not to blame
Glad because of your dirty deed
Content that I’m a sprouted seed
Thankful your actions did not maim
When you tried to bury me

About Linda Kruschke

I am a Jesus Freak, and I don't care who knows it. I am a wife, mother, sister, aunt, daughter, and friend. My blood family is only part of the larger family of Christ that I belong to. I love to write, especially about my dear Savior.
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12 Responses to I Was a Seed

  1. To bury a human soul and heart..
    away from expressing
    spirit.. is to maim
    a love of life
    so great
    that death
    is truth in life..
    To raise alive
    is to
    come again
    in living glory
    of sacred love..:)

  2. I love the analogy of the seed and reference to the Proverb. So triumphant 🙂

  3. kanzensakura says:

    Excellent. And you made this look so very easy…..this Rondeau style suits you nicely and the lesson/quote is sensational and inspirational.

  4. whimsygizmo says:

    Nicely done.

  5. Incredible concept rooted in scripture. And yes, the form fit the subject well.

  6. I read that quote on FB, too. That was wonderful symbolism to use with Christ’s death and resurrection and the spread of His love.

  7. DELL CLOVER says:

    Oh Wow, well done–love the victory through Him.

  8. A perfect rondeau. It is my preference, to tweak the repeated lines, so that although going round in the dance, progress is made. Bravo.

  9. The buried seed.. This sound like a Pentecostal theme that works so well with the Rondeau..

  10. claudia says:

    ha – and if you bury a seed the contrary of what you might expect happens – instead of silencing them they get only louder – and more

  11. Mary says:

    I really like the idea of being a sprouted seed. Wonderful metaphor.

  12. Bryan Ens says:

    I like how in the final stanza, you changed the repeated portion. I had never heard that quote. I quite like it!

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