Mustard Seed

I found mustard seed today, and remembered to let faith soar.

If it can be found there in seeds, then it can be found in war.

 

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20 thoughts on “Mustard Seed

  1. Ah, a couplet! It’s silly but I was thinking finding a mustard seed was about as weird as finding Christmas tinsel in the carpet in July after a 1000 passes with the vacuum. Lol. I get it 🙂

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  2. Love the subject that you chose! Even in such a short piece, I was surprised twice – by the mustard seed, and by the connection to war, which was very unexpected. Your meter was also interesting, and not what I expected on the first read. I like how much creativity you packed in a short poem.

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    1. Thank you! My mom used to carry around mustard seed in a little heart charm and say all she needed was a mustard seed of faith. Glad you liked it 🙂

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  3. I liked the connection between the mustard seed and war as well. And I agree with the above comment too: you’ve packed a lot into this couplet. I’m still thinking about it. Nicely done!

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  4. I am sorry, I don’t understand this. 😦 Is there a specific connection between mustard seeds and hope?

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    1. Mustard seed and faith, yes. I’m not extremely religious, but I know there’s a verse in the Bible about it. I only know because of what my mom used to say. The mustard seed is one of the smallest, and if you even have that much faith (in anything) then that is enough.

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      1. I like the couplet much more now. Thank you for the explanation!

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  5. I think you’ve made this short couplet really complex–is it hopeful or not? It seems to start that way, but ending with “war” (extra emphasis because of the smart rhyme) gives it a little twist. Does the speaker really believe, or is it all too pollyanna-ish? Nicely done.

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    1. Thanks! Yes, I’d like the reader to decide that on her/his own 🙂

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  6. Matthew 13:31. Nice allusion, I got it right away thanks to my Baptist upbringing. I agree with previous commenters that you did well taking a small detail and expanding it into a larger truth.

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    1. Thanks, Nate! Glad you knew the verse, because I surely did not. I do know that from the day my mom found out she had cancer until the day she died she held her mustard seed close. And she, too, attended a Baptist church.

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  7. One of my favorite interpretations of the mustard seed verse is that it isn’t necessarily the size of the seed, it’s that this tiny seed grinds down into the pungent powder that gets everywhere and covers a lot of surface area. I thought of that in the final line when the rhyme challenges us to find faith in devastating conditions. Nice job.

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    1. Thank you, Laura! Yes, I imagined that as well. Glad you enjoyed it.

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  8. small verse, small seed, both powerful!

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  9. The little hitch in the meter in the first line forces a re-read, but that actually works pretty well here, because of the second layer of meaning in the poem.

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    1. I’m actually terrible at meter, but trying to learn a thing or two from you and some of the other poets at YW. Thanks for the comment, Rowan!

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  10. Always think of the mustard seeds whenbit comes to having faith! We don’t have to have alot it just had to be real!

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