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Farmer Joe

On the banks of the mighty Skagit,
where the rushing waters flow,
sat a fisherman of merit,
the one known as Farmer Joe.
Long he sat there, long he fished there,
always waiting for the day
he would catch a mighty salmon
and it wouldn't get away.
He had lived upon the prairies
where crop farming was his life,
working hard to care for family,
seven children and a wife.
Times were hard and for this farmer
it was toil and toil some more.
If good crops the price was lower,
if good prices, crops were poor.

He worked hard, did this poor farmer
and he fed his family well,
for he raised this big truck garden,
pigs to eat and milk to sell.
He thought often of his childhood
on the banks of the Wabash,
where he spent his youth just fishing,
some to eat and some for cash.
Rationed waters on the prairies,
in the years when it was dry,
made him long so for the rivers.
Even tough old farmers cry.
Family raised he quit his farming,
and he headed for the West,
where he'd heard of powerful rivers
and of fishing at its best.

Once he saw the Skagit River
in the State of Washington,
said he then, "We'll go no further
for I know this is the one."
Stayed he there by that big river,
never straying far away;
stayed he there and fished it daily.
It was now his time to play.
Grown old he had at farming,
he had just a few years left
for to catch that wary salmon,
the great one of mighty heft.
When the fishing season opened,
he'd get up at break of day,
fix his breafast, fix his lunch sack.
He'd be on that bank to stay.

There he met his fishing cronies,
all retired with leisure time.
Sat they fishing by the river,
all these fellows past their prime.
Then one day at last it happened.
He pulled out that fishing prize.
Then they weighed and then they measured
and declared it super size.
And the fisherman of merit,
the one known as Farmer Joe,
grinned and said, " I'm glad I did it,
before it was my time to go."
God in heaven must have noticed
how he longed for that big fish.
Said He then,  "I'll let him stay there
long enough to get his wish".

On the wall there hangs a picture 
of that farmer and his prize,
for that farmer was my daddy
who a few weeks later dies.
Called he then to old St. Peter,
standing guard at the Golden Gate.
"Welcome Joe",  said that old fisherman.
"Come on in, the fishing's great".

Won 3rd place
For Mac's Best poem contest.  (It may not be my best but it is the one of which I am most 
proud.  It hangs on the wall beside my daddy and his big fish.

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  1. Date: 6/17/2014 10:29:00 PM
    This poem brought back some nice memories of my Grandpa and my uncles who were fishermen.... Congratulations on your win with this wonderful write! Great work, Joyce!

  1. Date: 6/17/2014 10:14:00 AM
    Thank you for entering my contest with this truly wonderful poem! I enjoyed your sharing it with us. Congratulations on the win. It was something you must treasure dearly as you do your Father's memory..

  1. Date: 6/15/2014 7:59:00 PM
    Nice win Joyce, congrats !

  1. Date: 6/15/2014 2:06:00 AM
    Thanks for sharing your favorite poem, congrats on the well deserved win, joyce

  1. Date: 6/15/2014 12:08:00 AM
    nice win Joyce. Love ~SKAT~

  1. Date: 6/14/2014 10:52:00 PM
    Joyce. Congratulations with your own "Favorite Poem, entered in Carol's XOOL contest... Yeah, we all Win... What a sweet Deal... XOX~ LINDA

  1. Date: 10/29/2010 7:44:00 PM
    Wonderful Joyce! I added this to my favorites list. Great job! Wayne

  1. Date: 10/26/2010 3:18:00 PM
    For sure, this poem is a winner, Joyce. Don't ya go puttin' any store in them there contests. Congrats on the selection. Dave

  1. Date: 10/25/2010 12:15:00 PM
    Congratulations on your well deserved poem being picked to be featured this week Joyce. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 8/5/2010 8:51:00 PM
    Yes .. quite an awesome write Joyce and Daddy's are truly examples to us girls.. who admire and luv them so.. a great and popular sport fishing has now become with Deadly Catch a top rated TV show... and u have these fond memories as well. a very wonderful write Joyce.. just joyous..luv..

  1. Date: 6/11/2010 8:20:00 AM
    I love your poem, Joyce...made even more meaningful by the dedication at the bottom. Congratulations....(yes...our favorites are the ones close to our own heart :) Love, Carrie

  1. Date: 6/10/2010 6:56:00 PM
    Congrats Joyce on your winning poem in Mac's best poem contest with this wonderful entry .. enjoy much success with more to come my friend.. with luv.. Linda-Marie..

  1. Date: 6/10/2010 6:41:00 PM
    Congrats on the 3rd place win, Joyce

  1. Date: 6/10/2010 6:21:00 PM
    Freakin' fantastic! Congrats!

  1. Date: 6/10/2010 6:12:00 PM
    Love your Farmer Joyce. Congratulations on placing 3rd in my contest.

  1. Date: 1/14/2010 8:16:00 AM
    What a heartwarming poem.....I love this, Joyce! Tender, sweet, and sad. What a lovely poem. ! ~Carrie

  1. Date: 1/14/2010 5:46:00 AM
    I have enjoyed reading your Outstanding poetry today Joyce. May you have a wonderful day filled with inspiration. Love, Carol

  1. Date: 1/14/2010 4:18:00 AM
    What a wonderful piece , Joyce and a magnificent appreciation of your Dad . I am sure he would love to have read it . Let's hope he is still landing them and Peter has the loaves !!!! ...

  1. Date: 1/13/2010 9:13:00 PM
    Wonderful poem Joyce...Enjoyed..Marty

  1. Date: 1/13/2010 8:47:00 PM
    Very nicely written piece! I truly did enjoy the read! Regards, Sena