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PORTRAIT OF MY FATHER, by            
First Line: Man of the soil, an ageless man
Last Line: A farmer's field of grain.
Subject(s): Farm Life; Fathers; Agriculture; Farmers


Man of the soil, an ageless man,
Taut to the acre's yield,
He sits his horse in a lordly way
And fashions a new-plowed field.
He wheels the bay mare up the hill,
Over the hill and down
Along the slope, and through the gate,
Though fields be green or brown...

So warmly shines the winter sun
Upon the icy glades
As though it were the cropping time
For spring's new growing blades,
And so wistful am I to see his face,
I buy new seed again;
My backyard garden then becomes
A farmer's field of grain.





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