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Tilted Windmills

Story ID:7830
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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Tilted Windmills

Tilted Windmills

Back in the twenties and thirties
There was one on every farm
Towering above the roof tops
Some near the house some near the barn.

Some standing alone
Out on the grassy plain
Gathering every breeze
Filling the water tank again and again

Some taller to catch the wind
Some shorter, but still
Man and beast are depending
On this windmill.

It makes me sad to see
A windmill that needs repair
With a bent leg or the tail or fan is bad
Just standing there

The sheds and buildings
Near it stand
In a state of decay
On a farm once grand

The barn is out of kilter
The fences broken down
The tumbleweeds and brambles
Covering once fertile ground

Where did they go
That young farmer and his wife
Who built those buildings
And who were starting a new life?

But that broken down windmill
Still standing upright, you see
Showing those passing by
How life used to be.

Another era another time
Iíll be happy driving, until
Beside the highway I see
A broken windmill

Monte L. Manka 2-21-12