999 W. Dansville Road, Mason, Michigan 48854
That field was worked until quite soft, before the seeds were
Small blades peeked, then burst forth, once sun and rain were
With time and toil and patient prayer, that grain turned golden
When nature smiles on man’s hard work, food emerges from the
Even before the combine came, there were ways to get the
Those days so long, and sun so hot, man scarce could stand the
And then one day the farmer smiled, the grain was ripe and
The following day, with team and binder he cut every stalk he
Around and around that field he went, until all was gone but
Then he rushed and shocked it up, so rain didn’t burst his
The binder dumped the bundles into clustered, scattered
Once every bundle stands on end, again he stops and smiles.
With tractor leading, and coupe behind, the thresher makes its
The word was spread, in evenings, cool, ‘tomorrow is threshing
As dew burns off with morning sun, the wagons pulled by
Brings in loads of dry ripe grain, to test the thresher’s
Pitching away, then getting more, until every stalk was
The hopper swings from side to side, young men lug the bags.
They all worked on, with jokes and jabs, at such a hurried
Then come noon, there was a break, for food, for rest, for
Each farmer’s wife would cook and bake, burn every stick of
To make men praise her ready feast, she’d do anything she
All the wives helped serve the food, to keep the workers
They knew once they threshed and stored, nothing would go
With stories told, the laughter rolled, and the midday break did
The many pies had disappeared, eaters sauntered to the
To afternoon, the young men rushed to prove their newfound
Those more mature just paced themselves, from dirty jobs they
The horses drink, then sort of sag, until called back to
Important chores, each has a part, no one could ever shirk.
Last load in, grain is dumped, there is not time for sorrow.
Now there is quiet all around, until the thresher starts
Wherever it goes, from farm to farm, the thresher leaves its
Not ones of steel like those of trains, but those of loose blown
Three tine forks are shined up now, as are the burlap bags.
Ready for another day, they stand ready for their shags.
With belts rolled up, the big machine rolls slowly down the
Tomorrow is a whole new day, more new bundles will arrive.
Such times are gone, and that is good, life is better, we have
Today the combine gets the grain, before showers knock it
Many years we’ve worked that soil, our purpose just the
To do whatever could be done to grow us better grain.
As seasons come and seasons go, inventions join the scene,
All the pieces come together, we now have the best machine.
‘Give us this day, our daily bread’.. .and thank the
Almighty for that soil!