Massey-Ferguson 175

The drive train of a tractor
doubles as the frame:
power and stability; rigidity meets torque.

The measured tune
of the exhaust chamber
puffs a rich bass warning
as the red machine plods
out of the obsolescent machine shed.

The mechanical tender of acreage
tunes up for the day,
whetting the pipes with just
a slight oil leak,
enough to categorize the mechanism
as unmistakably antique.

No plowing under corn today,
or plucking tassels in the heat.
A lap around the farm will suffice,
function subdued; memories composed.


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