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The Beast of Burden - a Poem

Updated on October 23, 2012
The Beast of Burden working with his Master (Thank you Jun for the usage of this photo.)
The Beast of Burden working with his Master (Thank you Jun for the usage of this photo.) | Source

The Work of the Farmer and His Beast: farming fields for rice plantation

"The Beast of Burden"

I am one of the chosen­­­­

They call the Beast of Burden.


It took a man’s moment’s ounce of sleep

For hard work has to defy time

The abruptness from a resting moon

Stretched his arms to the cock’s pounding breast

Where knuckles pain and night wasn’t its longest.

~

Out in the fields isn’t all brutal

I’d like to see the light of a new day

Into the misty fog, rays spread pass through

With glittering earrings the swordgrass wear

I smell the freshness of verde in the air.

~

Orchids beautifully flirting, praising the sky

I’d be fortunate for a night’s pond of mud

A smell that you can’t easily conceive

The forgoing hours under the fiery hue

Yet I’m tolerant for the work I have to do.

~

I tell my master the joy is in my hooves

His in his land we engineer to survive

Only my time would come to perish

If to “slaughter” fills his dreams like flood

Then, I’d be in my own pool of blood.

~

The shift is now, I humbly rejoin my master

Sink our feet into the backbreaking earth

Quietly, peacefully, only murmurs of dreams

That sort of thing when his lips pray for rain

I hear, I obey, and I willingly give all for grain.

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© coffeegginmyrice . July 02.2012

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      myownlife 4 years ago from london

      Great poem, amazing exposition.

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      Beautiful poem, the hard toil of man and beast is very humbling, reminded me of something I read a while back,' to give and not to count the cost, to toil and not to seek for rest.'

      Voting up.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Really interesting poem from a very different point of view. Up!

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      Redberry Sky 4 years ago

      I love the solemn thoughtfulness of this poem, coffeegginmyrice, you really transported me to a different life; a different way of living. Beautiful.

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      BeyondMax 4 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Impressive way of expression, really engaging and unique, love it!

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      picklesandrufus 4 years ago from Virginia Beach, Va

      Such a thoughtful ode to hard work. None work harder than the simple farmer and his beast of burden. Beautiful, really. vote up!

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      Martin Kloess 4 years ago from San Francisco

      very good story/poem. thank you

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and beautiful. You vividly expressed in your poem the beast of burden and I could see him in my mind. Well done.

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      Quinia Mendez 4 years ago

      Lovely & voted up! The quite carabao must be happy& proud that at least someone has dedicated a poem & praised his work.

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      Dianna Mendez 4 years ago

      Enjoyed your poem. These beasts are very powerful and impressive.

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      Maria Jordan 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

      "I hear, I obey and I willingly give all for grain".

      Voted UP & UABI. Hugs, Maria

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Thank you, myownlife!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      That's a lovely quote, tobusiness! I will try to remember that. :)

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Maybe I am feeling sympathy to both farmer and his beast. Thank you, xstatic! Cheers!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Redberry Sky, the photo had transported me too urging me to write a poem about it where expression can be more meaningfully expressed. Thanks a heap!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Loving the way you said it, BeyondMax! Thanks! :)

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hello picklesandrufus! So it seems, I agree with you. And they are a beautiful hardworking pair! Thanks!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Mhatter99, I am delighted that you were delighted of this story/poem. Thank you very much, too!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      It pays to imagine and thank you Gypsy Rose Lee!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hahaha, hopefully, Quinia!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Truly these beasts are, teaches! It got me more impressed by their simplicity and humble life from learning more about them. Thank you!

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      Marites Mabugat-Simbajon 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Hi marcoujor! Lotsa love to you, too!

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