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Rusty Red Tractor
Elizabeth Perdomo


A faded
Red tractor sits
Rusting, strategic
Front yard lawn sculpture
Displayed beside a weathered
Old wood-sided house now
Planted at the edge of town,
City limit encroachments
Grown up as midsummer
Agribusiness cornfields;
Surrounding them both;
Proclaiming a simple
Agrarian past tense,
When both tractor
& homestead still
Could live out
A productive


© by Elizabeth Perdomo.
Used here with the author’s permission.


Elizabeth Perdomo has lived and written in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas for the past fourteen years, moving to the region from the Rio Grande Valley of New Mexico. Born in Kansas and raised both there and in Colorado, Elizabeth also lived in the southeastern U.S. for a number of years, where her three daughters were born and homeschooled. The author of One Turn of Seasons, featuring poetry about people and places in East Tennessee, Elizabeth has been writing poetry since her teen years, on topics that include local place and culture, cooking, gardening, ecology and nature, traditions, spirituality, and more.


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There's something about a red tractor...thank you, Elizabeth!
Posted 05/16/2016 01:44 PM
Nicely done. Agrarian past tense indeed.
Posted 05/16/2016 11:23 AM
Beautiful but sad. Too much farmland being lost. I love her way with words. So evocative.Thank you
Posted 05/16/2016 04:01 AM

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