Country Platitudes

I grew up in a swarm of 'farming folk' sayings,

Buzzing around my head like bees,

Pithy platitudes, remarkably philosophical.

'Life' observations, wrapped in common imagery

Like these three:

'Play in the sunshine, rue in the rain.'

'You planted your own row; now hoe it!'

'You reap what you sow.'


These expressions carried weight.

There were always examples to point to.

'The proof is in the pudding!'

They didn't mess about with cuteness;

'If you don't eat, you die!

Do not blame fate for ill judgement;

Fate is vicious enough with weather and pestilence!'

Farming people would rally around sickness and death.

They did not tolerate laziness and stupidity.

Tough-minded they were, my farming family,

So many years ago.


As farmers still are, must be,

Working with the outdoor soil today.

The basics are still the same.

Modern mechanisation is just 'helpful'

Not a solution

To the vagaries of food production.


Massive greenhouses are very useful.

But even they require willing hands

To sow, to tend, to harvest.

And immense spaces in the right places

For rapid transportation.

Just saying.


Cynthia Buell Thomas, May, 2020


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M.C. Newberry

Wed 27th May 2020 15:15

Stimulating reminders of how reality created what are patronisingly
termed cliches.
"Act in haste, repent at leisure" is one that comes to my own mind in
this age of social media sniping and griping. As for myself, I'm
still trying to make sense in my life of "Penny wise, pound foolish". 😏

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Cynthia Buell Thomas

Wed 27th May 2020 14:42

Ah, well. There is much upon which to ruminate in our lovely UK sunshine. God alone knows where this came from today. The hot, spring weather probably, and growth so vital.

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