“The New Leader” is a National Catholic Fortnightly of the Archdiocese of Madras-Mylapore, Tamil Nadu, India. They recently published her poem on farmer’s rights.
Our Farmer Brethrens’ Grievances Need to be Heard
Before a meal, we thank God for the food
We also need to thank and bless our farmers.
With their hard work and sacrifice
We are able to sustain life.
Our country is an agricultural country
Majority of our people do the farming manually
Our people spend hours in the rain and in the heat
To co-operate with Mother Earth to produce food.
We need to be more aware of their hardships
And be grateful for their service to humanity.
Our country has ample number of educated people,
Scientists, doctors, engineers and educators
Who could be a support group to our farmers?
So often we see news that farmers giving up hope in life
Due to difficulties which they are unable to compact.
Is it a signal for us to be awakened in our mind and heart
To be more compassionate and understanding to our farmers?
Jesus had special love for farmers as He refers to planting, harvesting,
Sowing seeds and pruning as an example in His teaching.
Jesus, be a constant companion and walk with our farmers
In good times and hard times to face life, trusting in your love.
Sarita Manavalan, SCN