Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Farmers Ought Not Cut Against the Grain

April 6, 2017

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Each week we examine a theme from a variety of points of view. The theme for this week is professions.

Today’s poem is a number poem with advice for farmers.

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Nick Gordon

Farmers ought not cut against the grain
Or take from nature more than it would give.
Reason often goes in a straight line
That would, if curved, require extra time,
Yet would not cause the ecosphere such pain.

To farm is to be patient and to live
With the earth, pursuing mutual gain,
Obeying the commands of sun and rain.

© by Nicholas Gordon

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This week’s theme: Professions
April 5: Tiffany
April 6: Farmers Ought Not Cut Against the Grain

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