Morning Wake-up Call on the Farm

Uncle Fred's Farm Painting

Dwight      time to get up”

Five forty-five comes early

When cows must be milked

Just five more minutes…

Cowbells tinkle down the lane

Must get to the barn

Cows find their own stall

We hug their necks to chain them

Now it’s milking time

Milkers pump     milk flows

Pipeline to bulk storage tank

White gold for farmers

Twenty-six cows fed

and milked      time for our breakfast

Fried eggs      (fried) cornmeal mush

Same routine each day

Morning and evening chores done

Sleep comes easily


Painting: Dwight L. Roth

Today at d’Verse, Frank Tassone asked us to write a poem using haiku in sequence.  I decided to do a snippet of farm life. When I turned thirteen, it started working summers on my Uncle Fred’s farm in central Pennsylvania.  He had a dairy farm with around 26 cows that had to be milked morning and evening every day,  three hundred and sixty five days a year!  Morning always came too soon for me. My Aunt Dorothy would call up the stair steps and tell me it was time to get up. This is my poem about getting up and getting to the barn each morning.  Some of my best memories come from working there.

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57 thoughts on “Morning Wake-up Call on the Farm

  1. I grew in a dairy farming community in Vermont, so I can appreciate the farm life you describe so vividly in your poem. I love the painting! I reminds me of Shaker Village in Canterbury, New Hampshire, if painted by Grandma Moses.

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  2. I would visit my grandma’s farm in vacation . I would like the cows , horses and hens there . It gives as a fresh air ,sunshine and a pleasant feeling . This poem remains me those vacations and my grandma . ☺️☺️☺️☺️ Miss them now 😕

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  3. I LOVE this poem, Frank! It brings sweet memories of visiting my uncle’s dairy farm. Gentle restraint is part of good husbandry: “we hug their necks to chain them” is a great line 🙂

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  4. I don’t know much about farming, but once I worked in a school that had cows and the students used to walk with the cows around. I found that nice so that they were not always confined.But it feels like a nice routine, your poem.

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  5. I absolutely love this poem and the imagery of the morning and barn. It’s so beautiful and heartwarming. It must have really had an impact on you; these sound like nice memories to share. ❤

    Great take on the prompt, the ending is so serene; and thus, it's a start to another new day of milking the cows.

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    • Yes, you carried the ending right on through! Thank you Lucy for your great comments. It did have a major impact on me.
      In fact I have an e-book called Farm Stories on Amazon Kindle that is available for free if you are a member. It is a collection of stories from that farm experience!

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  6. The colors of the painting are appealing, and so is the perspective.

    The poetry is fetching, too. And it is a recording, helpful especially for those who do not know in details what life on the farm requires.

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  7. I love this sketch of a day at the dairy farm. It sounds like hard work, but not unpleasant (if that makes sense). I’m sure you were tired at the end of the day. And I know the cows have to be milked no matter what the weather is like or how you’re feeling.

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