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Farm Hands

Have you ever looked at a farmer’s hands?

There are likely to be a few nicks and bunps

They are rougher and stronger

Than your hands probably are

Even through gloves

They work, till, lift, drive

Haul, carry, sow and reap

They pat the dog and the horse affectionately

They show the children the wonders

Of growing life, plant and animal

They pray for rain

And they reach out to catch welcome drops

When they fall to quench the cracked, parched earth.

They hold tools

Some of which were held by their fathers’ hands

They comfort and caress

Those who love them.

I once saw a skittish horse

Calmed by the mere touch of a farmer’s hand

And knew that his hand contained magic.

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