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Life force

One barley stalk in a field reaching for the sky

One barley stalk repeated

A multitude, a crop, vital, radiant, shimmering.

After harvest

One vertical straw, a scattering of chaff and stray seeds.

One barley straw repeated

A multitude, a carpet, the essence extracted, 

Surface, stiff, a bed of golden nails.

One stitch, repeated, 

The gold prevails, the cloth haptic.