Dear Lord, I don’t ask for too much
A happy family, rain, & such
But there is one thing I’d bring to your attention
So small, hardly worth a mention
That someday, when the land is paid
And our hair is gone or grayed
That, when we’re done with our turn on the land
It goes to others who understand
They plant a miracle with each and every seed
An unsuspecting world’s hopes and dreams
It takes special people to comprehend
That flood & drought are part of Your plans
May it be people wise enough to take pity
On those in supermarket aisles in the city
Many of which are so unaware
Of the Great Cycle in which they share
Dear Lord, they are so many and we are so few
May our replacements not despair as we sometimes do
Or take a walk in grass so tall
That next year, becomes a new shopping mall
May their children grow up to see the reward
In the hard day’s work their friends ignored
I know this is a lot Lord, there’s just one more thing
That these people see the reward this job brings
It won’t be trophies or plaques on the wall
There may never be a single “thank you” at all
There will be times when they lose sight
Of why they watched over this cow all night
As she delivers that calf and then just dies
Please step in and answer their “Why’s”
We’re a dying breed and we need them all
Another generation to carry the ball
A respect for your ways and love of the land
Just can’t be found in corporate plans
Please dear Lord, I know this is bold,
But grant me this peace as I’m growing old,
The knowledge another family will follow our way
And care for this land ‘til their dying day.
7 thoughts on “A Farmer’s Prayer (or Rancher’s Prayer)”
A beautiful poem. We need many more people who think as you do. Although I never had a farm operation of any size, I’ve tended gardens and raised livestock so I can appreciate the hard and demanding lifestyle of the farmer.
Thank you JoAnn! If you have had livestock, you certainly have lived through the demands they place on a person.
Thank you for posting my poem. I’m sorry to hear of your loss.
Av Friend of mine shared this….I am a farm daughter, wife and Mother to the next generation of farmer/ rancher. This poem is so true! I find it harder to watch my son’s struggles and yet I don’t remember us ever being ready to give up…guess we believed whatever it is it is! Thank you for putting it into words!
Thank you so much for your comment Betty. I am glad it reflected your experiences.
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Thanks and keep up the beautiful writing!