On Silage and Fatherhood

Storms delayed our first cutting,

so the crop was shoulder-high

when the mower dropped it.

Next, the rake rolled

clover and grasses

into lofted rows.

The baler followed,

gulping the greens and

packing them into

net-wrapped rounds

of a half-ton or more.

Then, before the rain,

a new machine wrapped

the rolls and strewed

them across our fields

as cocoons, where, inside,

bacteria fermented the roughage,

enhanced its protein,

stockpiled summer into

food for colder days.

Got me thinking how

fatherhood can mimic

putting up silage,

if Grace innoculates

the contents.

After all, don’t fathers,

early on, green,

grow right along with

their babies, at a pace

they never imagined?

Doesn’t life later,

inevitably, flatten them,

then compress them into

men of substance,

so that even when

those hard winters come—

the times some call

night’s dark soul—

they ferment,

instead of rot?

And don’t they look back

and find that as

they raised their children,

they were protected,

preserved,

transformed?

“Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 1:6

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And earlier this week:

When, down deep, you’re roaring.

“. . . be quick to listen, slow to speak, slow to anger.”

—James 1:19

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Oh, Deer.

“O Lord, we wait for You . . .”

—Isaiah 26:8

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9 thoughts on “On Silage and Fatherhood

  1. Amen! So Beautifully Said. Thanks Cheryl.

    On Sat, Jun 20, 2020 at 6:40 AM Cheryl Grey Bostrom, Author wrote:

    > Cheryl Grey Bostrom, Author posted: ” Storms delayed our first cutting, so > the crop was shoulder-high when the mower dropped it. Next, the rake rolled > clover and grasses into lofted rows. The baler followed, gulping the greens > and packing them into net-wra” >

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  2. Wonderful insight. So true!
    We celebrate Father’s Day this year on the 21st of June, this year it is a bit special as it would be my Dad’s bday..along with first day of summer..and my puppy turns 9..

    Wish Blake Happy Fathers Day…

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