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A Farming Gamble
by larry r linville
Monday, March 07, 2011
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Being raised on a farm, I have heard people say farmers are the biggest gamblers in the world. I don't think so.


My father taught me not to gamble.
He tried to make it very plain.
But he planted seeds in the spring
and gambled that it would rain.
He worked from dawn til after dark
and never traveled very slow
doing all within his power
to help all on the farm to grow.
Gambling’s getting something for nothing
but that’s not a farmer’s lot.
He works on the coldest winter day
and is there when its very hot.
To milk a cow in a barn that is cold
two hours before the sun rises
is a difficult way to begin
a day of hard work and surprises.
When he tries to sell what he’s raised
he has to take what he’s given
and settle for the best he can get
adjusting his method of livin’.
Something for nothing? – I think not
but there’s something down deep inside
that keeps him out there working
filled with a priceless pride.

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Reviewed by Ed Matlack 3/8/2011
Pride of ownership is what this poem reflects...e
Reviewed by Jerry Bolton (Reader) 3/7/2011
I have to agree with you, Larry. I remember my grandfather from sunup to sundown. Made his own syrup. Had a smokehouse. Never had much except the land and he and his mules tended that land. Grandmother Sula could knock a hawk out of a tree at five hundred yards. Funny this poem. I also wrote a poem about farming today, something II don't think I have ever done. Mine is sad, as are most of my stuff.
Reviewed by Regis Auffray 3/7/2011
I was raised on a farm so I can relate to what you have shared here, Larry. Thank you. Love and peace to you,

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