Hog Farming Remembered

Doug Blair 1951 (London)

It was Summer and

We were taking traditional

Trip to Danforth Farm.

Mom’s best friend

Had a Brother raising hogs

Huron County.

Three boys and Nadine.

The picnic Wizard.

So much food would

Stuff nine truckers.

Big smiles on their faces.

Now pigs. Bill did it all.

Birthing, feeding

Shots, surgery

Disposing of dead piglets

Mothers rejected

Machinery mechanic

Decision for marketing

Slaughter, price timing.

(and city folk think

farmers are slow-witted. Hah.)

After the feast, parents

Cleared for Poker and gaity.

Kids hiked the shimmering

Fields of corn.

Assembled at the pig compound

To whip cobs, like stones

At the livestock.

Specially the big gluttons

Eager for the corn cobs

Who squealed and pushed

Weaker ones to the side

Like freight trains.

Slept all the way home.

We kids did.
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Written on February 12, 2023

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Doug Blair

Doug was once a lawyer. Frustrated. Went broke 1987. Turned to manufacturing. People talked straight. Worked hard. Listened when appropriate. Lead Hand Shipper and Workplace Safety. Married to Hilary 1974. Two kids Lauren and Jordan. Poet. Photographer. Hiker-photographer. Harmonica busker. http://puffnchord7.blogspot.com/ more…

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