Up with the rooster,
she milks cows, feeds and waters stock,
gathers eggs, shovels manure.
After breakfast, it’s off to the bus barn.
She picks up children from other farms,
drives them twenty miles to school.
After that, she goes to the YMCA,
jumps in the pool, once, twice, three times,
encourages adults to jog, jump,
breast stroke while sitting on kick boards,
teaches little kids to swim,
makes sure no one drowns.
In the afternoon, back in her school bus,
she drives kids home.
When she returns to the farm,
there’s milking to do,
stock to feed and water,
more manure to shovel, supper to fix,
and oh yes, she must bake cookies
for her water exercise classes.
Tomorrow’s the last day—
they should be rewarded.