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The Agrarian Path
A Simple Life by Marillion
 Category:  Commentary and Philosophy Poetry
  Posted: March 1, 2014      Views: 120

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Marillion is David Nelson Bradsher, a self-constructed Byronic Hero (or Zero), flawed but well-meaning, simple but paradoxical, and still a work in progress.

He graduated from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill) in 1989 with a B - more...

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A Simple Path

We'd spend our Sundays at my granddad's farm

near Bushy Fork, just north of Hurdle's Mill.

It had that Rockwell kind of country charm,

where pies sat cooling on the window sill,

and grandma served fried chicken, rolls, and corn

a room away from where my dad was born.

In digging up potatoes in a field,

tobacco curing like a junior farmer,

assisting with the season’s meager yield,

and donning overalls (like denim armor),

I learned the benefits of honest labor,

dirt on the hands, and helping out a neighbor.

But more than that, I learned that innocence

is lost too soon for us, especially 

when principles applied as common sense

are not as common as they used to be.

It seems the wisdom of the simple man

recalls the strength of those whose lives began

behind the straight line of a churning plow,

with earth below and spotless skies above.

Such weathered folk are able to endow

the tenets of a life that one can love

by teaching friends and foes and family

how not to complicate simplicity.



Author Notes
ABABCC rhyme scheme in iambic pentameter.

My Dad grew up on a farm in Roxboro, NC, and while my grandparents were still alive, I'd help on the farm, curing tobacco, feeding livestock, shucking corn, digging potatoes, etc. I learned a lot about work ethic, how to treat people, and a love of nature, animals, and the earth.
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