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Farmer Brown

Story ID:5776
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA. USA
Year:1930
Person:Chelsea Kansas Kid
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Farmer Brown

Farmer Brown

Here stands a farmer
His face shows much concern
From this eighth grade graduate
There’s so much from him we can learn.

This farmer faces daily
Things to you and I may seem odd
He faces great trials and tribulations
And is not ashamed to believe in God.

His perfect timing
When to plant not too late, not too soon
He might consult the “Farmers Almanac”
To check if it’s the light or dark of the moon.

He hopes that Mother Nature
On his crops will bestow
The right amount of moisture when needed
To nourish those seeds buried below

The soil in that forty acres
Across the way
Planted last week
Praying everything will come up okay.

It’s haying time again
Time to cut and stack that Prairie hay
To feed the livestock
On those cold winter days.

Those old Mules, Bob and Betty
That worked so long and so hard
Now that’s the planting and haying is over
They can rest in that old barnyard.

The chores have to be done
Come rain, snow or cold
He is responsible for the livestock
The young and the old.

He has no time to be sick
Nor to suffer any pain
Everything rests on his shoulders
Till its time to start all over again.
Monte L. Manka 08-05-09