Agro-Culture – Gary Hitching

A family man with Victorian values 

My name is Gary Hitching. I’ve been writing poetry since I was 16. I served 24 years in the RAF, of which ten of these were on the Royal squadron, four in service at Chequers, Prime Minister’s retreat. I have been to every warzone from 1991  to 2014 and now currently run a pub in Devon.


Farming how I see it

Its all a waiting game with no remit

It seems that everybody knows whats best 

And everybody is wrong and the weather will test

Tractors are always going wrong

Farmers are proud, proactive and strong

Not very literate though

Terrible people skills will always show 

But always have a kind heart 

A willing hand always keen to take part

A family man with Victorian values 

Gleaming wrong information from the daily news 

Always moaning about money and cashflow

But driving a new range rover with a new trailer in tow

Hates change and all that it brings with it

And Londoners with the money and huge cars that don’t fit

Would be happy just sat there with his cow

No airs and graces with no need to bow

But will always stay stood in the same place

With dirty boots a shirt a tie and a red face

Talking about the good old days 

And farming in the traditional ways 

Knowing though deep inside 

A brand new automated tractor in the shed there lies

Obstinate, rude, inconsiderate and bitter

Welcome to our village its not covered in glitter

Friendly and welcoming happy and fun

Tourists are here the theatre has begun !!

Gary Hitching, Devon

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