Beast of Burden
Oh hearty lord of labor,
Mighty ox upon a field of stone.
Your plow cuts deeper still
For all yields to your resolve.
Steady and unbowed by weather and the day's tasks,
You bask under heavy burdens over tiny, green sprouts.
But take heart Ox for much work is still to be done, as ever
Shoulder your load, as can only be meant for a beast of burden.
Many moons pass; sun and rain take their toll upon thick hide
But always you trudge forward, head and shoulders high, unbowed.
Love in thy labor shoots skyward, rooted in the bed of stone you laid clear,
High as other fields under summer sun, yet surely something is amiss, Ox.
Others are resting now, content in their yield and bemoaning the coming winter.
But that was never your way, Ox. Seldom do you rest, always work to be done.
Often you toil in the errands meant for lesser beasts, without dignity or flagrance,
Your thought now bent upon a lonesome crop, tall and lazy in an autumn breeze.
Fruitless rows stand tall on winter's doorstep, bowing beneath the first snow.
How could this have happened, Ox, oh hearty lord of labor, whose love runs true?
The stone was thick, yet proved no match for your mighty resolve. What then?
A secret perhaps that only sun and stone can tell, but spring brings new work.
Slower are your paces now, but ever do you bear your burden, head and shoulders high,
Do not judge yourself harshly, Ox.
Instead, let your example be the plow,
And unwavering labor in the crop,
For the seeds know not where they fall.
(Rochester, MN 2008)
Matthew Koep's Other Poems
Read this poem in other languages
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.
Comments about this poem (Beast of Burden by Matthew Koep )
- 거제 ANMA (ANMA) ☏０１０♭４８６７♭７５８２●거제도 MASSAJE, sdfg wgwq weqwsf
- 거제(거제도) ANMA℡０１０↘２１７８↘９５０５↘거제 MASSAJE, sdfg wgwq weqwsf
- 거제도 MASSAJE⊙０１０◈４８３１◈３２１１⊙거제 ANMA, sdfg wgwq weqwsf
- 거제도 ANMA¿０１０¿５９３３¿０４３７¿거제 ANMA, sdfg wgwq weqwsf
- 거제 ANMA MASSAJE 010 ５９４６ ０３７７거제(거제도) ANMA, sdfg wgwq weqwsf
- 거제(거제도) ANMA》０１０ ４８６７ ７５８２《거제(거제) ANMA, sdfg wgwq weqwsf
- 통영 ANMA (ANMA) ☏０１０♭４８６７♭７５８２●통영 MASSAJE, sdfg wgwq weqwsf
- 통영(통영) ANMA℡０１０↘２１７８↘９５０５↘통영 MASSAJE, sdfg wgwq weqwsf
- 통영 MASSAJE⊙０１０◈４８３１◈３２１１⊙통영 ANMA, sdfg wgwq weqwsf
- 통영 ANMA¿０１０¿５９３３¿０４３７¿통영 ANMA, sdfg wgwq weqwsf
Poem of the Day
- 04 Tongues Made Of Glass, Shaun Shane
- Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night, Dylan Thomas
- The Road Not Taken, Robert Frost
- Invictus, William Ernest Henley
- Daffodils, William Wordsworth
- A Dream Within A Dream, Edgar Allan Poe
- Success After Falls, Varun Silva
- Farewell Love and All Thy Laws Forever, Sir Thomas Wyatt
- Dreams, Langston Hughes
- Phenomenal Woman, Maya Angelou
(March 26, 1874 – January 29, 1963)
Edgar Allan Poe
(19 January 1809 - 7 October 1849)
(27 October 1914 – 9 November 1953)
- Heather Burns
- Garrett Westcott
(3rd April 19sixty)
(7 May 1861 – 7 August 1941)
(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616)