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A Tribute to the Farmers—Poem

Chitrangada likes to express herself by writing fiction and poetry. Her writing reflects her mood and is inspired by the beauty of nature.

A crop field seen through a running train window

A crop field seen through a running train window

Gratitude to the Farmers or the ‘Annadata’ (The Food Provider)

Recently, while on a train journey, I was looking out of the train window.

The train was passing through some villages. The sight was so beautiful—full of green fields, ready for harvest, some ploughed fields, the heart-warming sight of the men and women farmers, busy in the fields, in their noble work. That is, to provide food for the mankind, the birds, the animals, and other living creatures.

I was overwhelmed, to see the vast and unending agricultural lands, and crop fields.

It made me wonder, about how little do we know about the crops, the crops fields, the seeds, the sowing, the harvesting, the irrigation system, and any other details, regarding the art and science of farming.

My heart is filled with gratitude for the farmers, or the annadata, as we call them in Hindi. It is due to their hard and relentless work, and efforts that we get the food on our dining table; the most important necessity to live, and survive.

We can’t thank them enough, can we?

Therefore, whenever you take your next bite of the food, remember to thank the farmer, from your heart.

Gratitude to the Farmers

Gratitude to the Farmers

A tribute to the Farmers—Poem.

From the dawn till the dusk,
In the summers and the winters,
In the spring and the autumn,
Unaware of the heat of the Sun,
Or the rain or wind or storm,
They work hard, relentlessly.


The sky, and the seasons,
The soil and the seeds,
The irrigation and the cattle,
The markets and the accounts,
They study and master it all,
To grow food for everyone.


With the hair disheveled,
And the hands and clothes,
Covered with sweat and soil dust,
They work hard, tireless and selfless,
To grow food, and improve the yields,
God’s own men—We call them Farmers.

The crop fields–ready for harvesting.

The crop fields–ready for harvesting.

We can’t even imagine, how much hard work goes into these agricultural fields.

We can’t even imagine, how much hard work goes into these agricultural fields.

© 2019 Chitrangada Sharan

Comments

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 02, 2020:

Thank you ayasya batta, for reading and appreciating the poem.

ayasya batta on June 02, 2020:

It is a heart welming pem . A brilliance indeed .

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 22, 2020:

Thank you Dolores Monet, for your kind visit and comments.

I am glad that you liked the poem about the farmers. I agree with you that the family farms are disappearing nowadays.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Much appreciated. Have a wonderful day.

Dolores Monet from East Coast, United States on January 22, 2020:

That was a lovely poem about farmers. Sadly, today, so many farms are gigantic agro-businesses and smaller, family farms are disappearing.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on January 05, 2020:

Thank you BRENDA, for reading and commenting.

Yes, we must appreciate the hard work of the farmers, all through the year. Food is the basic requirement of every living being, and they fulfill that for everyone.

Thank you so much for appreciating the poem.

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on January 04, 2020:

Chitrangada,

You are so right. We seldom think about the farmers and their labor of hard work while we are eating a bite of food.

Thanks for reminding us.

Nice work.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 29, 2019:

Thank you Cynthia, for reading and sharing your thoughts on this poem!

Since you are from a farmer’s family background, I am sure you can relate to this.

I composed this poem spontaneously, with a sense of gratitude for the farmers. The purpose is also to remind the people, to appreciate and acknowledge, all the hard work done by the farmers.

Thanks for reading and commenting. Much appreciated.

Cynthia Zirkwitz from Vancouver Island, Canada on August 28, 2019:

Chitrangada Sharan--

I'm a farmer's daughter (and back through the generations) and grew up in what we in Canada referred to as "the Breadbasket of the World"-- in other words, thousands of miles of wheat crops in Saskatchewan, Canada. My brother is farming land that my great-grandfather farmed. It is hoped that my brother's son will take up the challenge next, although he is in a career that he really enjoys. Farming is, like you say in your lovely poem, extremely hard work these days-- a sort of religious commitment.

I liked your poem and the lovely photos. All the best!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on August 16, 2019:

Thank you Halemane Muralikrishna, for your kind visit and appreciation of the poem.

Glad to meet you on HubPages and thanks for the follow.

Gratitude to you and all the farmers, who work so hard to feed everyone.

Thank you so much.

Halemane Muralikrishna from South India on August 16, 2019:

I too am a farmer and I liked your poem very much

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 10, 2019:

Thanks Peggy, for your kind comments.

You are right, the farmers work very hard, to feed everyone. Their contribution must be acknowledged and appreciated.

Thank You for visiting and sharing your thoughts.

Peggy Woods from Houston, Texas on July 09, 2019:

Farmers worldwide need to be lauded for all of their tireless work on behalf of the rest of us. It is a hard job! Your poem is excellent.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on July 05, 2019:

Thank you so much RTalloni, for your appreciation of the poem. I appreciate you reading this and sharing your thoughts about the theme of the poem—the farmers.

I agree with you that their sincere and selfless service to the mankind must be acknowledged. They don’t ever think, who is going to consume the food, they grow with so much hard work. It’s for all the living beings.

Thank you for commenting. Always a pleasure to read your comments.

Have a good day.

RTalloni on July 04, 2019:

A really nice read here. I enjoyed learning the word annadata from the Hindi language. Your poem is a pictorial tribute to farmers who deserve to be acknowledged for their hard work. Encouraging gratitude encourages readers to think more about the amazing earth we live on. God's designs in every green leaf throughout the seasons speak His glory and farmers really do get to be stewards of His handiwork. Thank you for sharing your poem and giving others a chance to share in your gratitude.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 30, 2019:

Thank you Lora Hollings, for reading and sharing your thoughts.

Yes, we all must be grateful to the farmers, for the hard work they do, to satisfy our hunger. They provide the basic necessity to live, the food.

Thanks for your kind words of appreciation. Have a wonderful day.

Lora Hollings on June 29, 2019:

A beautiful tribute to the family farmer who synchronizes his life with the seasons and rhythms of the earth striving to be in harmony with nature so that he can feed millions and yet do no harm to the earth. And yet, so often we do not thank him for the staff of life. Your poem is such a gracious thank you, Chitrangada and helps to remind us of how much we owe the humble farmer. Thank you for sharing.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 29, 2019:

Thank you Tim, for your kind words of appreciation. I feel humbled.

I am glad that you liked the theme of the poem.

Yes, the hard work of the farmers must be admired and acknowledged.

Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

Tim Truzy from U.S.A. on June 29, 2019:

Wonderful poem and your tribute was heartfelt. I loved every word. Without farmers, we would not be able to survive. Beautiful, my poetic and talented friend. Admiration

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on June 24, 2019:

Thank you Marlene, for appreciating the poem. So pleased to read your comments.

Thank you for reading.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on June 23, 2019:

This is a wonderful tribute to farmers. Your photos tell the visual story and accompanies your poem perfectly.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 08, 2019:

Thank You Manatita, for appreciating and your nice comment. Yes, sometimes we forget to thank them.

Have a good day. Jai Shri Ram!

manatita44 from london on May 08, 2019:

"God's own men.' You have said it all. How they toil and sweat for us all. Victory to the farmers. Jai Ram!

Thank you for highlighting the sacrifice of the sometimes forgotten.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 06, 2019:

Thanks Dana Tate, for your positive thoughts and appreciation of the poem.

I feel happy that I have done at least something for the farmers, that is by reminding people to thank them and say a prayer for them. God bless these noble people.

Thank you once again for reading and commenting.

Dana Tate from LOS ANGELES on May 05, 2019:

Thank you for reminding me to bless the hands that put food on my table. Farmers are definitely our unsung heroes. Beautiful tribute and I pray farmers are some how guided to see this amazing piece of work.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on May 01, 2019:

Thank You Tamara, for reading and appreciating the poem. Glad you liked the theme. Have a good day!

BBYCGN from Uninhabited Regions on April 30, 2019:

This is a lovely, and well-deserving tribute to Farmers, Chitrangada! ❤️❤️❤️

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 29, 2019:

Thank you Dianna, for your kind words of appreciation. And, you are so right in saying that the farmers work hard to provide food for everyone.

Thank You and good day.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 29, 2019:

Thank You Lin-Jen Hew, for your sweet comments! Glad you liked it.

Much appreciated.

Dianna Mendez on April 27, 2019:

This is such a beautiful tribute to those who work hard to provide food for the masses. God bless them!

Li-Jen Hew on April 27, 2019:

Owh that's so sweet of you. Inspiring poem. Thanks for sharing!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 27, 2019:

Thank you so much Sean, for your thoughtful comments. I agree with you that the farmers deserve more, in every respect.

I am glad that you liked the theme of the poem.

Your appreciations always means a lot. Thank You so much.

Ioannis Arvanitis from Greece, Almyros on April 26, 2019:

My dear Sister, we are so much alike! This poem is a piece of my Heart too, and I am grateful to you for writing such an excellent tribute to all these great people around the world who we have to thank every day. We also have to fight so they can take what they deserve and not only the crumb that the big corporations leave them.

I send you my Love and my Gratitude!

Sean

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 25, 2019:

Thank you Peg Cole, for your kind words of appreciation.

I am glad you liked the poem. I clicked these pictures recently, when I was travelling by train.

Thank you so much and good day to you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 25, 2019:

Thank you Nithya for your thoughtful comments. I agree with you that we must thank our annadatas, for their selfless work for the humanity.

Good day to you.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 25, 2019:

Thank you Bill, for sharing your thoughts.

Yes, I know that you can relate to the poem. Thank You so much.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 25, 2019:

Thank you Pamela, for your appreciation and kind words.

Good to know that you liked the phrase. It came spontaneously, as I was watching the farmers in the fields.

Thank you and good day to you.

Peg Cole from Northeast of Dallas, Texas on April 25, 2019:

What a fitting tribute to those who toil in the soil for our food. Loved the photos and your poem was truly beautiful.

Nithya Venkat from Dubai on April 25, 2019:

A great tribute to farmers who toil at the fields and harvest crops. They are our annadatas and we should thank them and say a prayer for them.

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on April 25, 2019:

God bless the farmers. I know firsthand how hard they work to provide for us all.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on April 25, 2019:

I enjoyed your article, especially the credit you give to the hard working farmers. I love "God's own men" as that phrase seems so fitting.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 24, 2019:

Thank You MsDora, for your kind words. Gratitude, is a small word to express our thankfulness, for the farmers.

Thanks for reading and appreciating!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 24, 2019:

Thank you John R Wilsdon, for your appreciation of the hub.

Yes, we must acknowledge the dedication of the farmers, towards providing food to everyone.

Your visit and comments are much appreciated. Thank You!

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 24, 2019:

Thanks Devika, for your kind visit and positive comments. Much appreciated.

Good day to you.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on April 24, 2019:

I love the title you gave them, "God's own men." Yours is a thoughtful, deserving tribute to our food providers. Thanks for sharing.

John R Wilsdon from Superior, Arizona USA on April 24, 2019:

Yes - we owe a great deal to the farmers of the world. Wonderful thoughts on the subject. Thank you.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on April 24, 2019:

It is true to remember farmers. Hard work and appreciation is so deserved. I like this hub.

Chitrangada Sharan (author) from New Delhi, India on April 24, 2019:

Thanks FlourishAnyway, for reading and commenting!

Glad you liked it. Much appreciated.

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 24, 2019:

A fitting tribute to farmers who work so hard.