Seeds of dissension #poetry #dVerse

Spreading seeds of dissension
we go
sowing them in fertile ground
they grow
though they’re nurtured
within and below

in the fertile soil
of our imagination
seeds of doubt
and seeds of indignation:
weeds which choke serenity
a stranglehold upon our peace of mind.

 © Experimentsinfiction 2021, All Rights Reserved

Written for dVerse

Tonight, Merril is hosting Quadrille, and has asked us to write a poem of exactly 44 words featuring a form of the word ‘seed.’

I have chosen to illustrate this post with one of my favourite poems from William Blake, ‘The Sick Rose.’ Image from The William Blake Archive (public domain.)

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  1. Nicely done, Ingrid. I like how you point out that the seeds of dissension have to be nurtured, too.
    I suppose sometime dissension is a good thing though sometimes.

    1. I didn’t think about it that way but yes, we shouldn’t just blindly agree with whatever someone says for the sake of harmony!

      1. Yes. And more broadly, sometimes dissent is necessarily to topple evil or less dramatically, just to break with accepted ideas.

      2. It’s so interesting reflecting on your poem. It made me think of how when I was little, I believed that indignation and doubt were wrong. So, I buried these seeds that I saw as causing the division in my body and soul, and pretended to live in harmony.

        But then, as an adult, trauma triggers broke the seeds I had buried open to reveal beauty in my indignation and doubt. I discovered they weren’t my shame to hide but gifts to be broken open to birth the new – as I shed the old – to walk into genuine peace and harmony.

      3. Thank you for sharing your reflections. I think indignation and doubt have their purpose, perhaps to teach us what is the route cause of these feelings within us?

  2. A wonderful flow to your words, and I like and agree with how you identified what feeds the negatives. Nicely done!

  3. I thought immediately of blowing a dandelion reading this piece, Ingrid, but upon reaching the end I looked back and could not quite nail the feeling I felt at the close of this poem. All I know is the title fits and the words are challenging.
    Thank you for sharing!

  4. I like the alternation of short and long rhymes in the first stanza, which emphasise how easily seeds of dissension take root, particularly in ‘fertile ground’, as Merril said, where they are nurtured. The shift in the second stanza to the ‘in the fertile soil of our imagination’ shows how easily we can be inveigled.

  5. Ohh those seeds of dissension- sometimes lead to bettering the environment and at other times not. This is gorgeously, gorgeously worded, Ingrid. 💝💝

  6. ITS HAPPENING, lets fight this, tubs of ice cream, prayers of hope and comfort.
    Happy Monday

    much 💗 love

  7. Darkness *always* seeks to destroy the joy of light. Just being aware of that reality can help. Stay centered and seek loving support when under attack. I’ve found the blogging community full of loving supporters and very VERY few seeds of darkness. Just that knowledge is so very reassuring.

  8. Nicely written! It’s a clever note to say that we often nurture bad seeds among the bad, but I suppose that’s what pruning is for? A good gardener knows how to make use of poor plants without destroying the garden, after all.

  9. I love your take on the prompt! Seeds of dissention seem to float like ragweed all around us. It is hard to keep our masks on and filter out all that is stirring us up! Excellent!

  10. When I read this I thought about the seeds of discord that get spread with baseless conspiracy theories here in the US. They grow and grow.

  11. “seeds can fly
    seeds do try
    seeds are our ally
    some seeds are dry
    some seeds die
    but do not cry
    despite our lies”

  12. I love your take on the prompt. Some seeds should not be grown and at times, we may not expect the results once we plant them. Just as we can plant good seeds, nurture them into growth and life, the “bad” seeds are just as easily planted. I think it’s definitely a commentary about our humanity and how we can choose the sides we reap, and how that impacts our perspective in life. Very beautifully written and said!

  13. Ingrid, I can’t explain why exactly, but I feel like the imagery and message of this poem suit you perfectly. If somebody had showed me this poem, I wouldn’t have been surprised to learn that you authored it.


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