Backfire (a Quadrille)

Farmall M 13

The old red Farmall M

     sits idly in the field

Not shiny red,

     but still

     its engine roars

     like fifty Harleys

     passing by

Shotgun cracks

     shoot fire into the sky

Grandson and Grandpa

     enjoy the flame

     that blows out its pipe

     with every crack


Farmall M Photo: Dwight L. Roth

Today Dee asked to write a Quadrille for d’Verse Poetry Pub and use the word fire in in it.  This old tractor holds a lot of nostalgia for me. I drove one as a teen on my uncle’s farm for five summers. Now they are just show pieces for collectors.

Come join us at d’Verse:


37 thoughts on “Backfire (a Quadrille)

  1. A Farmall B (with Cultivision… no, it wasn’t possessed!) at the age of 8. Memories of my grandfather cussing as he got back up to his feet and climbed back up on the trailer bar. Well, he told me to let out the clu–! 🙂

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    • They are great tractors. Lots of power. They just keep going and going and going. I am a member of a Farmall M and H group on Facebook. They buy and sell tractors and parts and give each other advice. It is very interesting. Thanks for your comments!


  2. I love the sight of these old tractors, pieces of rural and family history. I did drive one once when I was a teenager, for only a few minutes. It was old then….and well, that would make it very old…haha.

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