I’m Your Huckleberry ~ 9-9-11

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 water, and 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.

I know this isn’t my usual thing for the Huckleberry, but this poem just seems so fitting for what we’ve been going through this summer in Texas: 

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. You know, this would really make a great country/folk song if set to music!

    • I agree, Lisa. I tried my hand at getting into the song writing business, for awhile. I have several that I think would be fantastic country songs, but unfortunately the business is run by good ol’ boys, and unless you have an in, you ain’t gettin’ in. <— country song right there.
      Any way, thanks for the great comment!

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