BEHIND THE RICH HARVEST

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Photo by Ramnath

Behind that long stretches
Of green paddy field
Along the rivers that fetch
Copious water for greater yield
Giving life to millions
Poor and rich, young and old
Providing food for billions
Health and strength, making bold

Ready for harvest
Grown in earnest
I see the picture
Grace of Nature
Intense labour
Half naked
Starved stomachs
Pain and strain
Sweat and toil
Dawn to dusk
In mud and water
For weeks and months
Hands in hundreds
With crabs and snakes
Pests and insects
In Sun and rain
With meager wages!

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