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To Lie Fallow


by Con Chapman


To lie fallow for awhile--
   at least for a season--
and then, revived by disuse,
   to bear a different crop than before.

 

And so around, from field to field,
   by changing seeds sown on the ground,
an increased yield is gained,
   by simply lying in wait.

This was the plan.
Thus, by indirection one arrives
   at a place where, years before,
things began;

 

a plot that passers-by thought
   gone to seed,
produced instead
   the lines you read.

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