Will work for food

A day of rest? Not for this silage crew.
Hard-pressed, the forage harvester devours
The thick green swaths; the spinning steel blades chew
A month’s growth into half-inch lengths. For hours
The tractors have been hauling high-heaped loads
Then racing back with empties, raising dust
And thunder from rough headlands hard as roads.
To lay the winter’s feed in is the trust
Placed in them. In the next field, unconcerned
With hurrying machines, the engines’ roar,
The man-hours and the diesel being burned,
The cows plod in to give their milk once more.
An ancient pact, whose terms both sides accept.
A Sabbath broken. But a bargain kept.

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One thought on “Will work for food

  1. But a bargain kept…
    Yes, for sure Nick. This is the heart of who you are I think, a going back into the old values of people passing on who their work says they are while living in the contemporary age. Good work as usual. I’m sorry I am not keeping up very well. I’m hoping my energy levels will improve one of these days.

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