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The Last Sod Busters


"Rain follows the plow!"

the pamphleteers proclaim.


Does grass follow the cow

or wind, the weathervane?


Care furrows the brow

and bows the straightest frame.


Thistles follow the plow,

and hail threshes the grain.


Timothy Murphy



Author's note:  I owe this poem to
Badland, by Jonathan Raban.


From Very Far North, The Waywiser
Press, London, England, 2002.
Reprinted by permission of the

Background by
Karen S. Nicholas

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