As I Reap The Dreams That I Have Sown – A Harvest Song


There’s thunder in the sky,
the sickle flashes by.
As I hurry to cut down the corn.

I reap with a happy sigh,
as swift swallows fly.
The field must be done by Sunday morn.

I’ve struggled and hoped,
clinging to a frayed rope.
Until roots took hold, new futures were born.
Now I’ve got to be bold, leave behind what I’ve been told.

Forget about the lonely tears I weeped.
As I reap the dreams that I have sown.

The harvest moon glow,
when I life changes sow.
As I sing beneath the sickle moon.

I’ll rise above my woes,
when the change of seasons blows.
As I dance scy-clad to her freeing tune.

Forget about the lonely tears I weeped.
As I reap the dreams that I have sown.

I’ve sown the seeds,
that my soul will free.
Time to harvest them just like the corn.

I’ve learnt to know my needs,
to my muses feed.
Now let creativity my life adorn.

I’ve struggled and hoped,
clinging to a frayed rope.
Until roots took hold, new futures were born.
Now I’ve got to be bold, leave behind what I’ve been told.

Forget about the lonely tears I weeped.
As I reap the dreams that I have sown.

As I reap the dreams that I have sown.

©RedCat


Written for earthweal’s weekly challenge: LAMMAS. I was so inspired by the song in the prompt, a 14th century song about the death and rebirth of the barley crop (video below), that I had to write one of my own.

Of sowing and reaping, growing and weeping, of dreams becoming reality.


Steve Winwood singing “John Barleycorn must die” – a 14th century song about the death and rebirth of the barley crop

Photo credits:

Sickle moon – Photo by Mitchell Bowser on Unsplash

Corn Field – Photo by Nadine Redlich on Unsplash


Längtan till Landet – Saturday Song

Längtan till Landet sung by Oscar Fredriks Vocalis and Cecilia choir. Recorded live in Oscar Fredriks church, 7 maj 2014.

Time for a Saturday Song and tonight you’ll get a Swedish song from 1838. It’s one of the most iconic spring songs, and traditionally sung as we gather round the Walpurgis Night bonfires.

So I’ve been humming this for a couple of days. And miss hearing it sung by a choir as we once again did not gather for the fires due to the pandemic.

The song is titled “Longing for the country”.

I couldn’t find any translations of either text or title. And I don’t have the time tonight to translate it myself. That will have to be a project for another time as something so well known and loved, and written as poetry will take much thought and time to translate.

Let me just say it’s about how winter’s rage is done, spring has come and now we long for the countryside.

Facts and text can be read in Swedish on Wikipedia and Wikisource.
On the Wikipedia page you can hear an instrumental phonograph recording from 1913.

I hope you can feel the relieved happiness over spring’s return even if it’s in Swedish.

Enjoy!


Scarborough Fair/Canticle by Simon & Garfunkel – Saturday Song

Scarborough Fair/Canticle by Simon & Garfunkel

Again I forgot about my Saturday Song, maybe I should rename it weekend songs, or try to write and schedule them in advance…?

Anyhow. This week I had Scarborough Fair on my mind. Because one of the art pieces for the 13th in April Ekphrastic Challenge (GloPoWriMo for me this year) was a painting of Scarborough Harbour

I have loved this song since I was little. And I got delighted when I found a webpage who details the history of this folk song. Or more correctly the song family, dating back 300 years, that it belongs to.

So I’ll end the week and say good night with this song.

Enjoy!


Scarborough Harbour by John Law
Scarborough Fair/Canticle by Simon & Garfunkel

It’s Springtime Again – A Folk Song (with Audio), April Ekphrastic Challenge

Green Man – John Law

Seasons they come, and seasons they go
There’s no need to shed tears for summer
She’ll come come back again, when the flower moon glow
And we’ll dance to magic midsummer

It’s springtime again
It’s springtime again
The green man has brought it back to us
Trees budding again
Grass growing again
Time to plant seeds and be joyous

Seasons they go, and come back again
Though we might forget during winter
But soon there once more be sun in the glen
And we’ll fill the forest with laughter

It’s springtime again
It’s springtime again
The green man has brought it back to us
Trees budding again
Grass growing again
Time to plant seeds and be joyous

©RedCat

It’s Spring Time Again sung acapella by RedCat

For some reason after reading up on the Green Man I started to think about folk songs and ballads. And one in particular started playing in my head – In folk song tone (I Folkviseton) by Nils Ferlin, a poet who I sang long before I read. It’s a well known love song.

So, I ended up writing a poem that is set to the same tune as Ferlin’s poem. And then making an acapella recording of it. :-)

I’ve had similar ideas befor, but this is the first time I actually managed to pull it together. Which makes me very happy and proud indeed. Maybe someday I will actually reach that elusive song writer place.
To see all art and read all poetry for today go to The Wombwell Rainbow.


Also shared with Open Link Night at dVerse.


John Law

“Am 68. Live in Mexborough. Retired teacher. Artist; musician; poet. Recently included in ‘Viral Verses’ poetry volume. Married. 2 kids; 3 grandkids.”

April Ekphrastic Challenge – GloPoWriMo 2021

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