Farmer’s Lament

It’s been a long, hot, brutal summer here in Texas, and as if that weren’t enough, wildfires are flaring up all over the state, fueled by the dry grass and parched trees. I wrote this poem many years ago—probably during another drought—but it sure fits this year. Most years, I’m sorry to see summer fade into fall, because I love to go play in the many lakes around the state. But this year, I’m ready for summer to be gone; I’ve had enough heat and fire, and Lord we need some rain.

Posting this on Kellie Elmore’s Magic in the Backyard blog for the Free Write Friday feature. Stop by and visit Kellie’s blog if you have time. She’s one fine poet!


Farmer’s Lament


Sun hot on the back of my neck

Sweat dripping off my brow

I rock to the beat of the ol’ poppin’ Johnny

Got a thousand acres to plow


Dry stubble as far as I can see

Too dry, the corn couldn’t take it

Lost most of the cotton crop too

Don’t know how we’re gonna make it


The bank called again this mornin’

Their demands every week get stronger

Cows so thin you can see right through ‘em

And me…. I can’t take this much longer


The wife got a job last week

Part time at the grocery store

She’s a trooper, tryin’ to pitch in

Says, don’t worry, we been here before


I know it, but it don’t make it no better

Words don’t much ease the pain

‘cause I’m plowin’ this year’s crop under

Prayin’ next year we’ll get some rain

Copyright © 1998 C. Mashburn


  1. This makes me think if my hubby and I at the moment. Times being so hard right now. Autumn coming, like overdue rain is surely a welcome event! What a great, country, sweet lil diddy! Love it! Thank u for this! ♥

    • Thanks, Kellie! Sorry you’re having a tough time of it. It will get better! Keep “plowin” ahead!

  2. I’m in Texas, too. It’s been a long, hot summer hasn’t it?

    • Unbelievably long, Laurie! It was as hot here in B/CS as it was in Phoenix for the last two months. They finally are hotter than us now, so we’re going out there for a visit next week. DOH!
      Thanks for the visit.

  3. Ah this is what Texas is like this year…we are becoming a dust bowl…good write

  4. Sherry Mashburn said

    wow . . . I feel for the people trying to make a living out the Texas earth

    • Some years are hard. It’s a tough way to make a living, no matter where you are. If ain’t drought, it’s floods.

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