Tractor by William Hart-Smith


Dragging an iron rake

the tractor wallows

across the ocean of the paddock

with a fine excitement of gulls

in its wake.

It has two large paddle wheels,

a funnel, with smoke;

and the captain is on the bridge.

Having cast off a couple

of moments ago,

he sets a course for the opposite hedge.


Source: The ABC Book of Australian Poetry: a treasury for young people compiled by Libby Hathorn (ABC Books 2010)


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