From the poem “Boots and Overalls” by Don Thackrey:
Pa’s main concerns were weather, crops, and stock.
His heart was with his fields of corn and grain.
It seemed to us he worked around the clock.
To make things proper under sun and rain.
He doctored animals and studied plants,
He built his house and make machinery run,
He sized up problems at a single glance,
Invented tools as needed, taught each son. . . .
His work left little time for books or thought,
But still he read the Bible, some Thoreau,
And poetry by Whittier, and sought
To learn guitar and how to rodeo.
Smiling before he died, Pa mused: “God calls–
Will He be wearing boots and overalls?”