By: chesshirecat

May 01 2011

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Carl Sandburg
SNUB nose, the guts of twenty mules are in your cylinders and transmission.

The rear axles hold the kick of twenty Missouri jackasses.

It is in the records of the patent office and the ads there is twenty horse power pull here.

The farm boy says hello to you instead of twenty mules—he sings to you instead of ten span of mules.

A bucket of oil and a can of grease is your hay and oats.

Rain proof and fool proof they stable you anywhere in the fields with the stars for a roof.

I carve a team of long ear mules on the steering wheel—it’s good-by now to leather reins and the songs of the old
mule skinners.

8 comments on “IRON WORKS”

  1. Nice photo. Where did you find these old tractors?

    • At the Fairgrounds. An antique tractor show was held at the fairgrounds this weekend. It was a great deal of fun. I see you are just getting back from Laughlin, I’m glad you’re home safe.

  2. Now I want me a tractor….

  3. My 3 year old son is a tractor fanatic and just happened to walk past as I opened this page. He stopped in his tracks when he saw the photograph and insisted on examining it. You made his evening.

  4. My grandfather worked most of his career for John Deere, so my family & I all have it pretty bad for farm equipment (hah!) LOVELY photo!!

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