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Artist VIII

Story ID:5742
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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Artist VIII

As I stare at a blank sheet of canvas
I now look back on the scene
The field of shocked grain
Is now neat and clean.

The tractor and thersher are quiet
The grain is in the bin
The straw in a stack
Job coming to the end.

As the hayracks are moving out
Plodding down the lane
A bunch of tired men and horses
Like a slow moving train.

The bundle men are heading home
Some riding on the hayracks
Other men are walking slowly
Sweat drenched shirts on their backs.

They are headed for the old swimming hole
To the Walnut River they go
To wash off the sweat and chaff
And this they know

That they cleared that field of golden grain
Neighbor farmers, numbering sixteen
Itís now plain dirt and stubble
Harvested by our neighbors, and machine.
Monte L. Manka 02-16-10