The farmer

Haiku

 

Responsible for

So many lives. Most times for-

gets about his own

 

n.b. There are sheep and lambs and cows and chickens and baby chicks and a dog

that the farmer cares for

There are crows and pheasants and and swallows and swifts and rats and mice and sparrows and robins and a squirrel

that come to steal from the farm table

There is little time for communion with humans; for some R&R, for disconnection, for his partner

The farm is his life

 

Broad daylight or Dead of night

On thé farm

 

This week only….

 

Approx tally:

 

Half a spring lamb

One whole sheep

A dozen or so chickens

One fox

 

Causes:

 

Fox attack

Unknown

Heart attacks / Fox attacks

Shot by farmer

 

Results:

 

Shock and horror

Bewilderment plus two orphan lambs to bottle rear from here

Loss of profit

One less fox to worry about

*possibly uncounted cubs crying for mum