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The Song of he Retired Farmer

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The Song of he Retired Farmer

Oh, I sit upon my porch, just to get a bit of breeze,
On the north side of my house, under over-hanging trees.
I feel so contented here, with my good dog at my feet.
At my age it takes so little, to make a life complete.
Dear ones have gone before, and will meet me at the shore
When I leave this earthly home and don't need it any more.
For now my work is over, I can rest this sumer day
And feel pity for my neighbor in the meadow making hay.

The breeze is growing cooler, and the dog is getting bored.
I'll soon be in my bedoom just a chatting with the Lord.
I was a busy fellow and I worked hard all my life
I rased some boys and girls and I had a darling wife.
I saved a little money and I sometimes go to see
My children who have settled in the west aways from me.
I am always glad to get back to my little valley home.
The older that I get the less inclined I am to roam.

So I sit upon my porch, just to get a bit of breeze,
On the north side of my house, under over-hanging trees.
I reckon there's no other fellow more content than I
In my small home in the valley, where I'll stay until I die.

By: Joyce Johnson 2007

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  1. Date: 9/14/2012 7:55:00 PM
    I love the down home quality of this and the lyrical way it flows like a country song. very nicely done, Joyce. I'm almost off for the night. So nightie night.

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 1:04:00 PM
    This is a very wonderful tribute to one of the most important people in the world my dear friend, Joyce. An excellent write and I love it so much!!!! I remember my father who once became a farmer when he was still on earth. It touches my heart while reading it. THANK YOU SO MUCH for sharing and also for making me win in your contest , "favorite". Have a grace-filled time always. luv, leonora

  1. Date: 9/8/2012 12:59:00 PM
    Oh Joyce, a very nice poem on the thoughts of the old farmer! like the whole poem, but in particular the last verse. He sounds so contented with his life all around. One love. Joy Wells