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Ode to a Tractor

Story ID:8784
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Corona CA USA
Year:1943
Person:Farmer Monte
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Ode to a Tractor

Ode to a Tractor

While on a drive in the country
Just the other day
I spotted an old farm tractor
In a state of decay

The lugs on the rear wheels
Were rusty and worn
The “canopy” over the driver
Was ragged and torn

Parts of the engine
Were strewn all around
The hood and the engine block
Both lay on the ground

The tie-rod was broken
Left the front wheels askew
All the bolts were rusted
The paint faded and peeling too

This once grand old tractor
Now left here to die
It was disturbing to this ex-farmer
Brought a tear to my eye.

I thought of the times
When I was a kid
The times I ran a tractor
And do the things I did

From daylight till dark
No shoes and no shirt
In the hot summer sun
Covered in dirt

All day long
On that hard iron seat
Refueling it at noon
12 hours in the sun and the heat

When sundown came
I’d milk those cows
Shower off the dirt
Then sit down to chow

The sound of that engine
Still ringing in my head
Finished my supper
Then off to bed.

I didn’t like it then
It had to be done
Didn’t hurt me at all
That several year run

These memories
Are easy to recall
My years on the farm
I loved it all.
Monte L. Manka 03-28-13