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‘Old 81’

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By Bruce Vanderwest | Jun 1, 1991

E2794 Hwy 54, Casco, Wisconsin 54205

Sometimes a person can have a love-hate relationship with an
object. My grandfather purchased our Massey-Harris tractor new,
shortly after World War Two. I don’t know if the tractor still
exists, but if she does, this is for her-

Old Massey-Harris ’81
You son-of-a-gun.

Cause of many mistakes;
never had good brakes.

Barbed wire around your nose;
crashing through fence rows.

Over dead furrows flying.
As a boy you set me crying.

The hay rack was smashed
and manure spreader bashed.

Cracks in frame and fender;
a disgrace to your gender.

Dented, rusted piece of tin,
your soul full of sin.

Smoking, chugging hunk,
a nasty pile of junk.

When your existence ceases,
may you rest in little pieces.

Gas Engine Magazine

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