Ecclesiastes 11:1

One more spring will come

Ecclesiastes 11:1

We must cast our bread
Upon the waters, as the
Ancient preacher said,
Trusting that it may
Amply be restored to us
After many a day.
That old metaphor,
Drawn from rice farming on the
River’s flooded shore,
Helps us to believe
That it’s no great sin to give,
Hoping to receive.
Therefore I shall throw
Broken bread, this sullen day,
Out across the snow,
Betting crust and crumb
That birds will gather, and that
One more spring will come.
Richard Wilbur

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Poem ©2010 Richard Wilbur, all rights reserved. Used by permission of the author and publisher Scribner. Film ©2012 Motionpoems, Inc., all rights reserved.