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The Farmer
by Tom Brosman
Sunday, May 17, 2015
Rated "G" by the Author.
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It is a poem about the seasons of life, of karma, of a life that is well tilled and farm meadows well tended.

The Farmer

By Tom Brosman


The big white-tail bounded into the woods

As the Farmer drove his fields to check his crops.

The growing hay was green and fresh,

Shimmering in the sun, with the irrigation water

Covering the ground.


The man was strong and weather shaped

With jeans, mended shirt and leather boots.

From the tough exterior of the man

Came his care and nurture for the land.

A deep intimacy with the crops and the seasons.


His father was a carpenter

Who let the plane and the level shape his life.

With every building erected, his sense of self grew

Until the last building, his gravestone,

Completed his sojourn and blessed his journey.


As the Farmer looked over the land,

He felt the strength of his sires

And the fire of his dams.

Those who leant life to him…

Those who leant the land to him…


Life for him was a force that flowed

Through generations, crops, timber and lives,

Never diminishing, nourishing, healing.

His soul was the Land

And the land was his mother.

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Reviewed by Daniel Farmer 5/26/2015
Tom, i love anything written about the farm life, the "country life" , a life 98% of todays generation has no conception of. Though left far behind it has shaped me into who i am today.
You might enjoy reading "that little hand of mine" poem i put on the den. Growing up surrounded by fields of white cotton inspired that one.
Daniel Farmer
PS Yes, my last name is "Farmer" also, no joke
Reviewed by Ronald Hull 5/17/2015
Quite idealistic. Makes one wonder why so many have given up on the farm. Even my uncle who spent 80 years farming, finally gave up and planned the farm in trees like it was when his father found it over 100 years before.

My father always wanted to be a farmer. I'm sure glad he never did.

Reviewed by Jerry Bolton 5/17/2015
And the land was a cruel taskmaster at times . . .

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