harvest in the sun

What I learned about Ancient Greece at the Museum today

they had a season for battle
between grains and grapes
summers of trampled fields
the dead young 
among the crop rows

another harvest in the walloping sun 

we don’t wear the same clothes
and our horses are just for fun
but we live under 
the same scribbled sky
history a tangled thread
leading us nowhere

written for Twiglet #271 “tangled threads”

30 thoughts on “harvest in the sun

    1. I have thought and thought about this comment since about 3am when I first saw it. I think you must be referring to the centre line – the harvest in the walloping sun? it was intended to refer to the dead not to the grapes. Gruesome but that’s the image I came away with having read the info at the museum.


      1. Yes, that’s what I hand in mind when I replied. I read recently that during the Battle of Hastings there was so much blood that the soil was soaked red, and nothing would grow for years.

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  1. Interestingly enough I heard on the radio about a state that has the first ‘human’ compostable site. Apparently there are more than one…

    Ah…here: “Natural organic reduction β€” the formal term for human composting β€” is legal only in three states: Colorado, Oregon and Washington. Washington in 2019 became the first state to legalize the practice. Colorado legalized human composting in May, and Oregon followed in June.”

    It is sad though to think about lost lives… that were unnecessary due to usless warring.

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    1. ? Indeed. I doubt humann composting is legal here.. is that for bodies or for human excrement? Just struggling to imagine who would have unclaimed bodies/parts to compost. A pathology lab? But why would they compost? It’s just all s bit outside my usual thought processes.

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      1. It is for anyone who wishes ‘to be’ that way. For their ‘bodies’ to go back to nature. Not bodily waste. Kind of like those who wish to be cremated and have their ashes spread. The compostable method avoids the burning.

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