in the little farmers' war.
Don Bouchard
Don Bouchard
Jun 21, 2014

Art Bouchard,
My father,
Never marched a drill,
Nor fired an angry shot...
Recounted fond memories
I've heard so many times:
How long ago, when I was very young,
He and our neighbor,
Art Pribnow,
Up before the sun,
Engaged in tractor battles
(Dad was very sure he won).

My father woke those mornings,
Early 1960s,
With the popping cough of
Worn diesel pistons
Clattering out white smoke...
Then blue and black,
As engine heat and friction
Tightened gaps,
Sealed compression,
And the motor steadied into an even roar.

Across the county road
Our only neighbor led or followed suit,
Sending smoke and sound
To drown the morning songs
of meadowlarks and robins.

Fifty years later,
Dad laughed in recollection,
"We started rising just a little
Earlier each day.
Started up our tractors
In a sort of game
Called, 'Who's out first?'"

Six became a quarter of,
Then five-thirty backed to four.
One tractor or the other roared,
Early and then earlier
To be the first to pull
Into the waiting fields.
When three-thirty came around
My mother shook her head,
But if she said a word,
I never heard.

These battling neighbors
Even started engines up
Before they ran,
Milking buckets swinging,
to their barns to chore
As early became earlier
in the little farmers' war.

One day in town,
By happenstance,
A meeting came between the two.
My father, being younger,
Had energy for more,
But old Art Pribnow shook his head,
Grabbed my dad's hand and said,
"Let's stop this foolishness
Before one of us is dead!
I don't know about the hours you keep,
Or what got in our heads,
But I admit, I need my sleep!"

The farmer battle ended then.
A hand shake and a smile
Between two farmer friends,
Created country lore,
Remembered here a little while,
As, "The Early, Earlier War."

I remember with a smiling sadness this story told by my father, now gone two years, about a little "friendly war" he and our neighbor, Art Pribnow, engaged in during spring planting time. The year would have been around 1959 or 1960, when I was just a baby. The story still makes me smile. I hope you enjoy it.
#friends   #war   #farmers   #tractors  
These farmers go by 'teachers'
Kirsten Lovely
Kirsten Lovely
Dec 31, 2013      Dec 31, 2013

There's this special seed inside of us
That glitters, shines, and grows
Planted by an equally special person
One that everybody knows.
The one that woke up early this morning
And downed their coffee for the day
While you dig out your favorite shirt
And they keep their nerves at bay.
The person that decorates for new children
Hangs up posters and note cards
Tacks up the yearly alphabet trim
And clears the weeds from the school yard.
Stands and greets equally nervous kids
Hands them name tags and a book
And hopes that their anxiety melts away
To be excited like they should.
The history and math books open
Pages are assigned
They're there to help you through it
To make problems easier to find.
To journey across another dimension
Of equations and butterflies alike
That prepares you for ACTs ahead
And tests that you'll probably dislike.
Well, that's all fine and dandy
All these books and passing grades
But what's more important is the seed inside
That's planted in your brain.
The seed that fuels your drive to learn
Creates a light to help you grow
Makes you crave another book
Acquire everything there is to know.
And I know a certain farmer
That specializes in these seeds
Who wants to make you reach the top
So you'll realize everything you can be.
These farmers go by 'teachers'
The most amazing you can find
Because of them, I try to be my best
So I thank my teachers for their time.

De'Anna
De'Anna
May 3, 2014

"Grow up tall,
little kid,"
said grandpa Joe.
And so I did.

The watermelon grow tall too.
The sunflowers look to the sky,
keeping their chins up,
raised real high.

So maybe it's silly,
watching grass grow,
but if you never try,
how could you ever know?

So maybe it's crazy,
chanting for the rain,
but if it never comes,
how could I grow the grain?

I'd prefer to stare at clouds,
than sleep forever like a rock,
skidding by life.
Why, that would just suck!

So, if you ask me to leave this here place,
you better shove it,
before you wake up
in an unknown space,
tied up with lace,
with a disfigured face,
completely full of mace,
and a strange case
of something poisonous.

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I spent this morning at a farmers funeral,
Chris Fracc

I spent this morning at a farmers funeral,
It didn't do him justice
Up on the pulpit, a man overdressed did too much talking
Most of us have little to say
The pause for dramatics seems like a waste
And time to the farmer, is a shame to take
God bless his family for leaving his boots on
It's a hard enough life on earth to have to walk barefoot through the gates
I asked him near the end, you going to dirt or to ash
He pointed to the pasture, I guess I was a fool to ask
He handed me a packet, of his last harvest seeds,
That crop I won't sell, that crop stays with me
Though he couldn't hear I whispered to his lifeless smirk
My friend, I hope you find peace, he found peace in his work
I imagine there's gardens wherever we roam, and I'll put another packet in my pocket on the day I go home
I'll sneak'em into the kingdom, you pick the soil, I'll be there in a while
Together we'll tinker on a tractor in a brighter light
Where you'll be returned your fertile body, and I will be delivered in mine
I spent my morning at a farmers funeral
I swear the breeze blew a sigh through my vines
And I took a moment in reflection, held mine tight....then went to the pasture a while....

We buried a legend and friend today, goodbye Howard Wood, you amazing grumpy old man
The world farmers day
Amul Malik
Amul Malik
Sep 3, 2014

The world farmers day
We are celebrating valentine and friendship day
It is the time to celebrate world  farmers day
farmer o farmer you are the great worrier
  you feed the world
  you make the world better and you are the great !
Today it’s the time to honor our farmers
It the time to say jai jawan jai kissan
It’s the time give honor to our farmer
Who work for us to get better food .
Today nobody wants to be farmer
Because farmer job people fills cheep
But we have to under stand
Without farmer we cannot live ,
Farmer o farmer you make the world better
You work under the open sky
Today is the time for celebrate world farmers day .

Jai Jawan Jai Kissan mense joy for The Army and the farmers .
This land is for the farmers of smoke;
Rucha Patil
Apr 9, 2013

The wall departed and I saw fog,
A pale touch and it turned into smoke;
The fairy tales wither away,
Found the lost fantasy world at bay;
The nomadic world will never flock,
This land is for the farmers of smoke;

Cultivation of tripy fields,
We wait for the harvest,
Every seed of our fate,
Deep down stored in the locked closet;

The field’s on fire every day, every night,
The inner self at its peak,
With the gods of water we fight;

The fields turn into ashes,
And we rise for a new yield,
Like a phoenix, from the ashes of weed.

Theresa M Rose
Theresa M Rose
Jun 9, 2014

Chatter;
Prattle;
Babble;
Rant;

No, not a word…
a little red ant.

Gossip;
Natter;
Blather;
Chant;

The blatherskite’s fluent
The charming Prant;

Challenge;
Confront;
Tackle;
Dispute;

Fervor not here
… for the old discarded fruit.

Produce ;
Partake;
Compost;
Gone;

Leftovers are yours
To nibble on

On a foggy night in May 1939,
After playing cards with some friends,
A woman gave birth to a baby boy,
And that’s where the story begins,

He was raised to know the difference,
Between the wrongs and the rights,
Making a name as a farmer,
Was where he set his sights,

After twenty-one years alone,
He met his loving wife,
And over fifty years later,
They’re still happy with their life,

Three years after they got married,
They had their second child,
On the farm and around the town,
That teenage boy went wild,

He made his living,
Fixing everything broken,
And even when things went wrong,
He remained soft-spoken,

1980 in Mid April,
He met his future wife
Fourteen months and one ring later,
And they made a happy life,

With two lovely daughters already,
They learned they were to have a son,
On a cold morning in May 1993,
They gave birth to me,

Like the two generations,
Before my sisters and mine,
We were born and raised country,
And that’s how we intend to die.

when he was younger, people called him a fool
and he never made it to high school
his daddy was a hard workin' man
he taught his son how to work the land
from sunrise to sunset
crops rise from blood & sweat
the only thing he could really know
was how to make things grow
until he met a woman that stole his heart
she was the bright light in the dark
she sang pretty songs that he didn't understand
she'd cook and clean while he worked the land
he wanted to learn, she planted the seed
she brought home books, taught him to read
they were happy, but not yet complete
the house was missing the sound of little feet
and storybooks and lullabies
they longed to hear a baby's cries
soon she grew heavy, baby inside
one that would be her father's pride
she grew up in a house full of love
told she could be whatever she dreamed of
we sit here now, graduation day
and i listen to the words she has to say
"my Daddy was a farmer, he loved the way things grew
and he cared for the animals, always knew what to do
he always did everything to make sure his family would survive
my Mama was a dreamer, she kept our hope alive
and gave me wings, taught me to fly
to always give thanks, never question why
and i wouldn't be here right now
if they hadn't always knew somehow
that i was destined to do something more
this is love, it's what family's for"

SPT
SPT
Dec 29, 2014

The shells cracked
what scraped the tin plate
Another egg to wake the morning
As the sun cried in rays
What warmed his ways
Another man to wake in mourning
What sorrows held plowed in fields
Row by row the troubles tilled
Snagged the barb of wire
Unraveled by the dirt
That lay to dust
In the heart of the working man
Unbroken the linked of life rusted
Deeper down the soil
Heated by the devil
Dancing in the rain
The life of the fruits we reap
So that is the seeds we sow
Row after row we till the truths
So raggedly we keep
The mouth in the face of danger
So corruption goes
The man died to cast his vote
Lost in the fields of sorrow
The devil burns the land
Stillborn the seeds of hope
Pave down another road
The elections won
Row by row
tilled the asphalt through the snow
Another farmer snagged to dust
Who will feed the mouths of rust
Hungered in the face of danger
Heated by the devil
Dancing in the rain
Another unknown grave
Brick upon brick
Built on top of sorrows dreams

Because bitch!!
I can!
 
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