My Plowin’ Days are Done

F-20
I saw this old F-20 Farmall tractor today, sitting in a field where it had probably been for the last forty years. There were two tractors and some old farm equipment there as well. It brought back the memory of a poem I wrote a few years ago. I decided to repost it here since it fits very well with this tractor.
My Plowin’ Days are Done
Parked in the weeds no roof for my hood
Plug wires hanging out in the grass there I stood
My plowin’ days are done
Paint’s faded badly and my chains are all rusty
Put aside and replaced with one that’s more trusty
My plowin’ days are done
Air in my tires and my engine still runs
It’s been a long time since I’ve had any fun
I think my plowin’ days are done
When I’m put out to pasture no money in the bank
Joints are rusty and my engine won’t crank
Then I will know my time has come
I believe my plowin’ days are done

F-20 2

The Farmall F-20 tractor was built by International Harvester from 1932 until 1939 at the Farmall Works, Rock Island, Illinois, USA.  They were replaced by the Farmall H and the Farmall M.

F-20 3

Photos: Dwight L. Roth

I am also sharing this on the d’Verse Poets Pub site. Bjorn asked us to write a poem using alliteration, and also possible assonance or consonance.  I think this poem contains some of those properties.

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34 thoughts on “My Plowin’ Days are Done

  1. I have a 94-year-old cousin, former farmer although he still drives a John Deere to mow his lawn. I’m printing this out to share with him on my next visit. Purely delightful! I love the refrain, “my plowin’ days are done” which I have actually heard from him many times.

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