Gould, Mona. “Second Sowing.” Outside the Box: The Life and Legacy of Writer Mona Gould, The Grandmother I Thought I Knew. By Maria Meindl. Montreal & Kingston: McGill-Queen’s UP, 2011. 220-21.
This poem was not published during Mona Gould’s lifetime. It is addended to an unpublished short story held in the Mona Gould Papers at Thomas Fisher Rare Book Room, University of Toronto Library. Mona Gould’s granddaughter-biographer, Maria Meindl, undertook the monumental task of organizing her grandmother’s papers for the library, and ultimately—and fortunately for us—produced her excellent biography.
The milk ungiven in the breast
When the child is gone?
The love locked up in the heart
That is left alone?
That golden yield
Split sod once overflowed on August field,
Threshed out in pain upon September’s floor,
Now hoarded high in barns, a sterile store.
Break down the bolted door;
Rip open, spread and pour
The grain upon the barren ground
Wherever crack is found.
There is no harvest for the heart alone.
The seed of love must be