The Farmer’s Son (Poem)

Care2 blogger Delia Quigley expresses her creative genius in a new format, below. Her poem, “The Farmer’s Son,” tells a moving story of a boy choosing to live in the footsteps of his peaceful father rather than succumbing to military influences, and provides a subtle reminder to stay rooted to our values.

The Farmer’s Son

My father was a farmer
Said the young boy to the soldier
I know the plow and thresher
Nothing of weapons of war

The soldier smiled
You will soon enough, son

I am not your son
Said the boy
My father was a farmer
He taught me to love the earth

In time
Said the soldier
You will learn to love war
For now, grow strong in the fields
Soon we will come to harvest you

And I will die in your war?
Asked the boy child

Yes, son, you will die there
As a weapon of war

Said the boy
I will fight, sir
But only as an instrument of peace

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Aud Nordby
Aud nordby3 years ago

Nice :-)

Natasha Salgado
natasha salgado3 years ago

Very lovely poem!! Thank you for sharing.

JL A3 years ago


Laura Saxon
.3 years ago

Lovely poem.

Jennifer C.
Past Member 4 years ago


Terry V.
Terry V4 years ago


Mary B.
Mary B4 years ago

Wonderful poem. My kind of poem. Fearless in it's innocent peacefulness. Thank you.

Kenneth D.
Kenneth Davies4 years ago

noted thanks

Kenneth D.
Kenneth Davies4 years ago

noted thanks

Winn Adams
Winn Adams4 years ago

Thanks for this beautiful poem.