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Artist IV

Story ID:5738
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Hemet CA USA
Year:1930
Person:Chelsea Kansas Kid
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Artists IV

Iíve seen artists rendering
Of fields of Golden Grain
But when you stand in the fields personally
Out on that Kansas Plain

You know itís almost time for harvesting
Put that binder in the field
Gather and tie into bundles
Hoping for a bumper crop to yield.

Next this wheat, oats, or barley is shocked
The bundles stacked like little Indian Teepees
Shocks put into straight lines
For the bundle men to pick up with ease.

As those horse drawn hayracks were loaded
With all the bundles the Rack could contain
The horses were driven to unload
At that giant iron machine.

To power these Iron monsters
We used gasoline power or steam
To turn all those belts, chains, and idlers
On that Behemoth threshing machine.

I remember a picture of
Twelve men with pitchforks straw hats and gloves
Six teams of horses and six hayracks
Definitely not a ďLabor of LoveĒ.

Up a notch or down a notch
I was the throttle man
Dad calmed the skittish horses and was traffic manager
Just Me, Dad, and John Kerly our thresherman
Monte L. Manka 01-13-10