lately daydreams grab me.


I was next to a fence and you came from behind.
You were at a distance then.
Still I see how your shirt clung to your shoulders.
How your arms steered that tractor. How I loved you.

Ah these pale remembrances how they warm me!
Wispy visions full of smoke fading in and out playing music.
It is worth it this aging, this creaking of bones, this lessening,
To glimpse again, if only wanly, my first love on his tractor.

Poetry by jenks The PoetBay support member heart!
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Written on 2015-03-20 at 22:52

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Sid Gardner
That tractor...

Was it a Fordson Major ?
Did he plough a straight furrow?
Was his shirt an ex army and navy stores exclusive?
Were the fields eventually full of long corn not short as now?
Did he wave?

Great recollections of a magical time !!!!!


This expresses beautifully how it's the details we remember, a shirt, a fence, a man steering a tractor. Getting older means that by now we have a rich depository with memories that we can draw out whenever we feel like it. The trick is to access only the very best memories, like this one.


Lawrence Beck The PoetBay support member heart!
This is a very nice poem. It's uncharacteristically direct. Does this mean that you've moved north?

Elle The PoetBay support member heart!
I love this soft side of you and the warmth of memory, if only wanly, how lovely and how perfect

Elle x

jim The PoetBay support member heart!
hi jinx, i mean jenks. it is not hard for me to relate to this, as I creak, and spent half my life on a tractor. At least that's how it feels. I even have the daydreams.

I like where age has brought me, your poem reminds me of that. What I have, and don't have, I earned.

countryfog The PoetBay support member heart!
I love this Jenks . . . the sensibility of it so close to my own. If we are fortunate and patient a certain acceptance and gratitude come in time, and a priceless wisdom that is both received and can be given, as you have here, beautifully.

josephus The PoetBay support member heart!
Simply gently Wonderous.


one trick pony The PoetBay support member heart!
if you're going to be grabbed by a daydream, this is a good one. i'd grab it too.