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The Farmer and His Corn

The Farmer and his Corn


Snug and warm beneath the earth
The field awaits the coming birth
It holds the richness that they need
Provides the anchor for the seed

The farmer by his hand did sow
Soon he knows his seed will grow
When length of day and rain is right
And sun above shines warm and bright

The rain has come the soil is moist
New life burst forth, it has no choice
With a sudden wondrous surge
A field of green does emerge

The farmer feels it in the air
He comes to see his field so fair
Quietly, just after dawn
His brand new field of corn is born

Quickly grow those humble shoots
Drawing goodness through their roots
All hot and hazy summer long
The shoots thrust upward, straight and strong

Golden now as flaxen hair
New seeds upon them they do bear
The farmer picks an ear to eat
To check then that, his corn is sweet

The farmer comes to field one morn
Another with him that day drawn
No face had he and yet was grim
The corn all knew that it was him

A shrouded hood, his face to hide
He follows just two steps behind
The mice who’s nests the stalks had borne
Know soon there will be no more corn

Not daring now to take a peep
They know for them they’ve come to reap
Both the men they carried scythes
They know they’ve come to end their lives

The farmer lifts the implement
To cut them down is his intent
A shadow fell, with mighty stroke
The farmers gone, with man in cloak.






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  1. Date: 9/8/2013 10:43:00 AM
    Richard, you have well documented a season in the life of sustenance. Great creativity.... Thanks for your kind comments on my posts..... Jake

  1. Date: 8/29/2013 2:30:00 AM
    well written

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 9/4/2013 5:32:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Splat III
  1. Date: 8/26/2013 5:25:00 AM
    There is a season for everything. You carried me right through the season of growth to the twist at the end. Wonderful poem

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 9/4/2013 5:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Monterey, Thank you very much for this sweet comment
  1. Date: 8/24/2013 6:07:00 PM
    we certainly "reap" what we sow. favorite verse: "Golden now as flaxen hair New seeds upon them they do bear The farmer picks an ear to eat To check then that, his corn is sweet" ~lovely

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 9/4/2013 5:30:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thankyou Lori, I'll look in on you
  1. Date: 8/17/2013 8:07:00 PM
    This is really nice poem Richard, but whats with the end ? Is this Jeepers Creepers movie,,,you have a great day ;}

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 9/4/2013 5:29:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Debbie, Up to you to make of it what you will, Thanks for the comment and you have a great day too
  1. Date: 8/13/2013 2:36:00 AM
    - A intresant poem / story .... very well written !!! - All the best to you. - oxox / / Anne-Lise :)

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/16/2013 6:13:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Anne Lise, thank you for the nice comment, all the best to you too
  1. Date: 8/12/2013 6:17:00 PM
    I agree with everyone else Richard..awesome poem...switching effortlessly from nature to reaper!..was mesmerized...my favs too...and thanks for your kind visit...

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/16/2013 6:11:00 AM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Donna, and thank you for your kind visit and words :)
  1. Date: 8/12/2013 3:15:00 PM
    methinks this is an allegory of the grim reaper! and we be those poor corn stalks!! I enjoyed this one, and the descriptions reminded me of these days back in Iowa when we went down row and row of corn, detassling all the stalks. One thing I do NOT miss from my childhood! One of my summer jobs!

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/15/2013 4:44:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    I'll leave to mull on the content Petal, least it's reminded you not to apply for that job again.
  1. Date: 8/12/2013 9:59:00 AM
    looks more than a scarecrow to me, richard.. a wonderful storyteller you are... tis is amazing!..) huggs

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/15/2013 4:40:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Nette, that's a wonderful compliment
  1. Date: 8/11/2013 9:23:00 PM
    Mr Seal....what an usual topic! Tending the corn now, are we? I'm with Licia on this one...the flow and rhyme scheme are great. Good one!

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/15/2013 4:31:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Mrs Ghali, lots of people say I'm corny lol so I do tend to tend this virtue lol
  1. Date: 8/11/2013 5:37:00 PM
    very nice write Richard...It flows nicely....best wishes...thanks for stopping by

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/15/2013 4:27:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Joseph and you're welcome
  1. Date: 8/11/2013 4:04:00 PM
    Richard; by reading your poem, it seems like you have a lot of expirence with farming. Are you a farmer? I am a city girl, but worked in the farm when I was young. I love to eat corn. Have a nice day...... Lucilla

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/15/2013 4:20:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Hi Lucy, No I'm not a farmer, my mother was a market gardner for many years supplying local grocers and as early as I can remember she had my sister and me picking, digging, planting, weeding, de-earwigging the chysanthemums lol, I loved it except for that last one lol
  1. Date: 8/11/2013 2:52:00 PM
    Beware The Grim Reaper. This I would easily class your best ever poem, Richard. Your rhythm is impeccable and I love the twist in your ending. Good work, my friend. Off to faves, of course! Licia :-)

    Seal Avatar Richard D Seal
    Date: 8/15/2013 4:09:00 PM Block poet from commenting on your poetry


    Thank you Licia, you leave me blushing and not many can do that lol