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A Farmer's Rule of Thumb

Only drops of sweat beating off my brow
On long simmering days of summer heat
Won't fail a heart in content up to now
Withers away my spirits in defeat

Bucket by bucket from a well running dry
Carefully spilt onto each tender plant
Soaks into the earth must give it a try
Enough to hold on be ever so scant

Hope is forecast looks promising for rain
Back to the fields with a hoe in my hand
Pulling more weeds and fertilize again
Cause now is the time to make a firm stand

Success or failure when rains at last come
Counts how you measure with a rule of thumb
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Posted: Jul 2012
About this poem:
Farming is a fickle business. You really must be willing to work with as well as wait for Mother Nature; and have tons of courage, cunning, and faith in order to succeed when so many others fail.

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Fellsman
Farming is indeed a fickle business Yankee, as this sonnet so eloquently conveys. The world over it seems that agriculture is hostage to the same afflictions regarding rain - either too little or too much. (We've had three continuous months of flooding here in England resulting in thousands of tons of ruined crops).

A most thoughtful write...

Bill wine wine
Odette67
Bucket by bucket from a well running dry
Carefully spilt onto each tender plant
Soaks into the earth must give it a try
Enough to hold on be ever so scant

Dear Yankee, looks like we in England have had your share of the rain doh

Still you paint such wonderful pictures in Sonnet form. hug purple heart
Poetnumber1
Always loved farming,especially when the great work is put forth and you see the fruitage of your labour.Excelling sonnet once againcheers M.M
lucy1777
Yet another excellent sonnet! teddybear Thanks for sharinghandshake
rusticbink
It a gamble sometimes, farming of old! Good write!handshake
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