In Loving Memory of Jon V. Riley
October 13, 1964 – January 24, 2016
Just a Farmer
“Just a farmer,” you said, and I laughed ‘cause I knew
All the things that farmers must be able to do.
They must study the land, then watch the sky,
And figure just when is the right time and why -
To sow and to plant, to buy and to sell,
To go to the market with cattle and well -
You know the books that farmers must keep,
To pay all those taxes and be able to sleep.
And you know the fixin’ that farmers must do,
When machines like mad monsters blow a gasket or two.
I guess when God needed folks to care for His earth,
He chose “just farmers” 'cause He knew their true worth.
- Helen G. Coon