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APF Member Meg Hartfield is a talent poet. Here she combines her passion for peace-making with her poetry.

He will judge between the nations and will settle disputes for many peoples. They will beat their swords into plowshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation will not take up sword against nation, nor will they train for war anymore.

Isiah 2.4

SWORDS INTO PLOUGHSHARES

Ploughshares –
implements for cutting furrows

Swords –
implements for cutting people

Ploughshares –
fixed in a frame, drawn by a horse
guided by a man

Swords –
fixed in a hand
wielded by a man

Ploughshares –
used before sowing

Swords –
used for cutting down

Ploughshares –
used for rooting out weeds

Swords –
used for rooting out lives.

God help us
prepare our life-soil
to receive your seeds of fruitful love.

 

Meg Hartfield – Born in Cardiff – and proud to be Welsh ! Brought up in Kenya by missionary parents, then back to Wales and later to London for nursing and midwifery training, married to a doctor (of course!) for 55 years. We went to Nigeria at a turbulent time and worked in a mission hospital for 10 years and emigrated to New Zealand in 1971. What are my loves? Jesus, the family, friends, gardening, books, prayer. I make banners. I care deeply about the disparity of wealth and poverty and the evil of war and I trust that some of these are reflected in my poetry.
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