Category Archives: On The Farm 2013 -2014

So God Made A Farmer

“And on the 8th day, God looked
down on his planned paradise and
said, “I need a caretaker.”
So God made a farmer.

God said, “I need somebody willing to get up before dawn, milk cows, work all day in the fields… then go to town and stay past midnight at a meeting of the school board.” So God made a farmer.

“I need somebody with arms strong enough to rustle a calf and yet gentle enough to deliver his own grandchild. Somebody to call hogs, tame cantankerous machinery, come home hungry…

kansas farmer in the field tractor farming

God said, “I need somebody willing to sit up all night with a newborn colt. And watch it die. Then dry his eyes and say, ‘Maybe next year… And who, planting time and harvest season, will finish his forty-hour week by Tuesday noon, then, pain’n from ‘tractor back,’ put in another seventy-two hours.” So God made a farmer…

God said, “I need somebody strong enough to clear trees and heave bails… Somebody to seed, weed, feed, breed and rake and disc and plow and plant and tie the fleece and strain the milk and replenish the self-feeder and finish a hard week’s work with a five-mile drive to church…

kansas farmland farm farming field tractor

So God made a farmer. ”

~ Paul Harvey – 1978

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Upon A Solitary Acre

Four Trees – upon a solitary Acre –
Without Design
Or Order, or Apparent Action –
Maintain –

The Sun – upon a Morning meets them –
The Wind –
No nearer Neighbor-have they –
But God –

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The Acre gives them – Place –
They – Him – Attention of Passer by –
Of Shadow, or of Squirrel, haply –
Or Boy –

What Deed is Theirs unto the General Nature –
What Plan
They severally – retard – or further –
Unknown –

~ Emily Dickinson

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