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When To Sell Grain And Farm Produce
James McIntyre


Grain it should be sold in the fall
Even if the price it should be small,
For if you keep it till the spring
Sometimes a less price it doth bring.

For grain with whole world doth compete,
You cannot raise the price of wheat,
Then at once you should embark it
On its way to world's market.

We hope our views you don't despise,
For grain doth shrink in weight and size,
If you sell wheat you can get gold,
Retain it, damp may make it mould.

Remember too that of your wheat
The rats of it will fondly eat,
Sell it and money then invest,
And you can get good interest.

The same remarks apply to cheese,
It shrinks and frosts make it to freeze,
Then careful man you have to hire
At great expense to keep up fire.

If you your produce quick do move,
The business soon it will improve,
And then mankind will you bless
For alleviating their distress.

And it pays best to sell each pig,
Plump and young, not old, fat and big,
Young and tender now's the vogue
Either in cattle or in hog.


This poem is in the public domain.



James McIntyre (1827 – 1906) was born in Scotland, but migrated to Canada when he was fourteen. Always good with his hands, he eventually started a furniture manufacturing operation in Ontario. James was so inspired by the Canadian countryside and its thriving dairy industry that he began writing poetry which, while unpolished and often amateurish, had a distinct charm and appeal that endeared him to many. The “Cheese Poet”, as James ultimately came to be called, published two full collections and was much in demand as a public speaker.

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It may be bad - but it's very good!!!
Posted 10/04/2016 01:36 PM
As with children's poetry, earnest and honest, written with a wide-eyed sense of delight. The polar opposite of academic. I love it.
Posted 10/04/2016 10:12 AM
Perhaps it took a 'very bad poem' to summarize the realities of Capitalism's pull on the small farmer in a few lines. Close to the bone! No attempt at political correctness with McIntyre. Thanks again for the breadth of the net you cast with YDP, Jayne.
Posted 10/04/2016 09:23 AM
A refreshing ode! Narrative takes you upon a common sense journey caring for earth's bounty. Thanks, James & Jayne.
Posted 10/04/2016 07:24 AM

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