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Night Mowing

Night Mowing

NIGHT MOWING

I remember the hum of Francis Temple’s Farmall

mowing in the dark of a mid September night,

its deep, desultory blasts that were also guttural-

half motor, half cat-as it labored in the meadow, right

to left, felling hay in six foot rows

with a sickle bar that rattled like a snake.

I woke with a start thirty years ago

to the lullaby of that motor in the dark.

That much newer now for being maintained,

it takes me back with its piston sounds like a rhyme.

I see it still on the screen of night as it strains

through the rows of waist high grass that is the time

that does not pass as long as it grows, that falls

like hair in the tractor’s lights this far from hell.

Chard deNiord

Chard deNiord, from VT, entered 2002-07-30

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