The American Farmer…Defined

After I posted last week’s blog entry, I had tremendous response on Facebook.

One Facebook friend passed along a poem defining a farmer in her mind. I also stumbled upon another blog post discussing it. It inspired me to use it as this week’s post.

I’m a Just a Farmer, Plain and Simple 
Bobby Collier 
I’m just a farmer, plain and simple.
Not of royal birth, but rather a worker of the earth.
I know not of riches, but rather of patches on my britches.

I’m just a farmer, plain and simple.
I know of drought and rain, of pleasure and pain.
I know the good, the bad, the happy and the sad.

I’m a man of emotions.
A man who loves this land and the beauty of its sand.
I’m just a farmer, plain and simple.

I know the spring’s fresh flow and autumn’s golden glow.
Of a new born calf’s hesitation and an eagle’s destination.
I’m just a farmer, plain and simple.

I know of tall pines and long waiting lines.
I know the warmth of campfires and the agony of flat tires.
I’m just a famer, plain and simple.

I’m a man who loves his job
And the life that I live.
I’m just a farmer, plain and simple.
And I’m a reaper of harvest.
I’m the shower of seeds and I’m the tender of stock.
I’m just a farmer, plain and simple.

I know of planting corn and bailing hay and animals going astray.
I live in a complex world, but my faith guides me.
I’m just a farmer, plain and simple.

I am a man who works with God. I cannot succeed without his help.
For you see, I’m just a farmer, plain and simple.

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7 thoughts on “The American Farmer…Defined

  1. This is perfect! This reminds me so much of my grandfather, I’m so glad you posted this because it sure did make me smile. The farmer is such a simple hard working man, one who gives everything and ask for nothing in return. His main concern is to put food on the table for his family!

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