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The Farmer’s Son (Poem)

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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Delia Quigley

Delia Quigley is the Director of StillPoint Schoolhouse, where she teaches a holistic lifestyle based on her 30 years of study, experience and practice. She is the creator of the Body Rejuvenation Cleanse, Cooking the Basics, and Broken Bodies Yoga. Delia's credentials include author, artist, natural foods chef, yoga instructor, energy therapist and public speaker. Follow Delia's blogs: and. To view her website go to


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11:58AM PDT on May 3, 2013

Nice :-)

3:00PM PDT on Apr 21, 2013

Very lovely poem!! Thank you for sharing.

9:43PM PDT on Apr 14, 2013


4:57AM PDT on Mar 16, 2013

Lovely poem.

5:04PM PDT on Oct 9, 2012


2:52PM PDT on Sep 1, 2012


11:36AM PDT on Jul 29, 2012

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

11:01AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

noted thanks

10:48AM PDT on Jul 18, 2012

noted thanks

5:49PM PDT on Jun 24, 2012

Thanks for this beautiful poem.

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