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In the Shade of the Tractor's Wheel
Peter Christensen


Each day my mother
delivered to the fields
where my father toiled
a mid-day meal
of hard-boiled eggs
coarse wheat bread
buttered yellow as barley
and slathered in wild raspberry jam
Coffee in mason jars
sweetened with molasses
thick with cow’s cream
all wrapped in newspaper
and towels
hot to touch
she popped the seal
from the jar
with the edge of the golden lid
poured it
let the fragrant liquid cool
before he sipped the edge
of the green glass cup
Strained muscles dust sin and sweat
washed away by that sweet drink
followed by a little sleep
in the shade of the tractor’s wheel

From Oona River Poems (forthcoming from Thistledown Press).
Used here with the author's permission.

Peter Christensen is a retired guide and park ranger who lives in a remote village on the North Coast of British Columbia. He is the author of five books.


Post New Comment:
Lori Levy:
Posted 11/28/2018 10:33 PM
wendy morton:
Lovely memories: a little sleep.
Posted 11/28/2018 04:45 PM
What a lovely poem. I could see it all, touching moments that fill the days and are remembered.
Posted 11/28/2018 10:22 AM
My, but this is a lovely descriptive poem. I felt as though I was 'seeing the story unfold with each line. Thank you for this Peter
Posted 11/28/2018 10:03 AM
Linda Lee (Konichek:
I love the detail and fine images of this poem, as well as the reminder of times past.
Posted 11/28/2018 09:25 AM
A delicious love poem. Thanks.
Posted 11/28/2018 08:45 AM
I love the specific detail.
Posted 11/28/2018 08:34 AM
Larry Schug:
The last verse is a fine poem on its own. I especially like its first line.
Posted 11/28/2018 06:23 AM
Good writing like this takes an experience that is far away from the reader and makes her believe it is hers.
Posted 11/28/2018 05:24 AM

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