The Old Farmer's Prayer
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Many years have come and gone,
But I grow older without regret,
My hopes are in what may come yet.
On the farm, I work each day,
This is where I wish to stay,
I watch the seeds each season sprout,
From the soil as the plants rise out.
I study Nature and I learn,
To know the earth and feel her turn,
I love her dearly and all the seasons,
For I have learned her secret reasons.
All that will live is in the bosom of Earth,
She is the loving mother of all birth,
But all that lives must pass away,
And go back again to her someday.
My life too will pass from Earth,
But do not grieve, I say, there will be other birth,
When my body is old and all spent,
And my soul to Heaven has went.
Please compost and spread me on this plain,
So my body Mother Earth can claim,
That is where I wish to be,
Then Nature can nourish new life with me.
So do not grieve and weep for me,
I did not leave, I only sleep,
I am with the soil here below,
Where I can nourish life of beauty and glow.
Here I can help the falling rain,
Grow golden fields of ripening grain,
From here I can join the winds that blow,
And meet the softly falling snow.
Here I can help the sun’s warming light,
Grow food for birds of gliding flight,
I can be in the beautiful flowers of spring,
And in every other lovely thing.
So do not weep and cry for me,
I am here, I do not die.
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About the poem
The speaker expresses a wish to be composted and spread on the plain where they work, so that their body can nourish new life and help the falling rain grow golden fields of ripening grain. The speaker believes that they will not truly die but will become a part of the earth and continue to nourish new life in various forms. The poem emphasizes the idea of cycles of life and death, and the beauty of nature's eternal renewal.
The poem is a celebration of the circle of life, and the speaker's deep love and respect for nature. It conveys a message of acceptance of death and a belief in the continuation of life beyond it.
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