Lying Fallow – When Nothing is Something
(of farmland) Plowed and harrowed but left unsown for a period in order to restore its fertility as part of a crop rotation or to avoid…
A piece of fallow or uncultivated land.
A pale brown or reddish yellow color.
Leave (land) fallow.
From The Wintered Womb
Underneath the thrice ploughed, fertile, fallow field
Impregnated within a wintered, woven, womb
Of richly composted humus
I lay seeking sustenance, nourishment from
The oxygen filled wintered mist that
Drizzles, seeping, replenishing the amniotic fluids
That trickle through the membranous umbilical cord
Ensuring a bountiful spring harvest.
To lie fallow implies to lie dormant, idle, inert, neglected, quiescent, resting, slack, uncultivated, undeveloped, unplanted, unplowed, unproductive, unseeded, untilled, unused, vacant.
It feels like I have been lying fallow, inert, dormant, idle even, for a long time. However the long period of silence and gestation has not been unproductive. The earth of my being, after having been tilled relentlessly, needed a long period of rest and silence.
Only after a long silence have the nutrients been gradually restored.
Now I have come to really understand that doing nothing is actually doing something.
After quietly wandering around, peeking in some internet doors, I appreciate that I have not come up with a new idea and that a fallow period is actually a divine gift.