farming is NO fairytale

Yep, farming seems to be drought or deluge, feast or famine 🙂  I’m joining dVerse and enthusiasticallydawn this week…

 

city folk dream of scenes bucolic
but real country life is workaholic;

daily working up a sweat,
yearly diving into debt.

in late spring, rain will not stop
by early fall, drought hurts the crop.

all summer long, hot south wind blows;
dark thunderstorms spawn tornados.

aphids, root worm, corn borer, blight-
present fresh pestilence to fight.

chemicals that kill noxious weeds
may drift on flowers and honeybees.

chickens like to roam range free
till raccoons binge on killing spree.

an older bull, he could go lame;
a younger bull might miss his game.

wonder when grain prices raise?
after contract’s selling days.

though farming’s not an easy life,
i’m glad to be my farmer’s wife.

“country hicks” are labels pearled;
remember, farmers feed the world!

 

23 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Cecilia Mary Gunther
    Oct 13, 2016 @ 20:22:32

    Exactly – just so right

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  2. Rae Eich
    Sep 21, 2016 @ 23:46:31

    This is perfection. I am a farmer’s wife and it is hard work what they do! It’s an “up with the sun and in bed when I’m done” mentality. Beautifully written.

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  3. K@countingpenniesandsheep
    Aug 08, 2016 @ 15:08:21

    I love it.. hard work from what i hear.. my mom grew up that way.. amen to you!!

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  4. Sumana Roy
    Jul 27, 2016 @ 22:43:32

    thanks for giving us a glimpse into your beautiful and worth living world…

    Reply

  5. Grace
    Jul 27, 2016 @ 17:02:02

    That’s a lot of hard work. Good for you to a farmer’s wife Lynn. Enjoyed your share 🙂

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  6. Glenn Buttkus
    Jul 27, 2016 @ 16:33:52

    Yeah, Koch & Monsano have turned farming into corporate enterprises. As a kid, I could still remember small family saw mills, but big corporations eradicated them early on. Nice piece, though,–we city folk take the farming for granted.

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  7. katiemiafrederick
    Jul 27, 2016 @ 15:46:18

    Well my friEnd Lynn..
    close to the end but
    no quiet tHere
    aloud in
    Farmer
    style hEar
    with food food
    food.. working
    Farmer style
    and hehe..
    tHere IS
    A SonG for
    tHat too..
    you miGht
    enjoy and more
    fuLLy reLate too too..
    hehe.. happy farmer’s day
    friEnd as i live just a few miles
    soUth of country side nice and pretty
    working toGether as a family on the family
    fArm.. and yes it ain’t easy makin’ a liVinG
    doing that
    and
    money2..
    nice to see
    you @fArmer’s
    Style..
    God bless
    you and your corn
    or whatever else too..;)

    Reply

  8. Waltermarks
    Jul 27, 2016 @ 14:48:29

    Very Good! My life on the ranch wasn’t that grand either. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

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  9. Vinay Leo R.
    Jul 27, 2016 @ 14:16:28

    The two sides of the coin, one not seeing the other! Yes, I know that. A part of my family is still with farming, most of us away from it. So when we come together at reunions, the variation in thoughts can be seen.

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  10. Walter J. Wojtanik
    Jul 27, 2016 @ 11:55:43

    They certainly do! The couplets are striking and the rhythm is contagious. You write a sweet tale!

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  11. lillian
    Jul 27, 2016 @ 10:48:42

    Having lived almost 30 years in Iowa, 4 of them in a country house on 15 acres of land, I can relate to this so very well. I love the last two couplets especially!
    One thing I will note, after meeting with an old high school student of mine from those early ’70s — the disappearance of the family farm is a very very sad thing. So few “century” farms anymore. The joys of working the land – are also the trials of working the land.
    Enjoyed this very much!

    Reply

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