Windows


She burnt up right there in the field.

Tires down to the steel belts.

Glass melted into brittle waves.

Seat springs finally as bare

as they’d felt on our behinds.

Cranks burnt off, windows

finally rolled all the way down.

Remains of wire and posts,

my new fencing pliers too!

Damn that truck for burning.

Almost got the tractor stuck

saving the fields from going up.

Wasn’t worth much before,

no, its not worth towing out.

Be a good spider web hanger,

empty window frames,

or maybe Β a cow scratcher

That old Ford paid her dues

even in burning she added

something to the farm.

My little boy loves to visit

he yells and hoots about

the truck that burnt up

and the windows still

frame the prairie sky.

 

2011 Copyright Shanyn Silinski

For Thursday Think Tank at Poets United

http://poetryblogroll.blogspot.com/2011/09/thursday-think-tank-65-windows.html

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30 Comments

  1. September 8, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Wow, if it just gaught fire out of the blue it was lucky no-one was burned.
    Are you in Texas where all the fires are?
    Lovely prose to describe it though.

    • shanyns said,

      September 9, 2011 at 12:01 am

      It did catch on fire while my husband was driving it, crazy thing! We are in Manitoba and we are very blessed no one got hurt (except for the truck!). Thanks for stopping by.

  2. Heaven said,

    September 9, 2011 at 12:31 am

    Very sharp images here….great job in sharing that frame of the window of the prairie sky.

    • shanyns said,

      September 9, 2011 at 1:50 am

      Thanks Heaven for the comment and for stopping by. πŸ™‚

  3. September 9, 2011 at 1:44 am

    You’re good! I love the photo as much as the poetry. I will be back to look around.

  4. Kim Nelson said,

    September 9, 2011 at 2:08 am

    FABULOUS poem! The personification of the truck and the narrator’s relationship to her is clear and intense. Love this!

    • shanyns said,

      September 9, 2011 at 2:33 am

      Thanks Kim πŸ™‚ I appreciate you coming by and leaving your wonderfully encouraging words!

  5. wordcoaster said,

    September 9, 2011 at 2:09 am

    My grandparents have a similar story–the tractor caught fire and my grandpa drove it down the hill into the creek to put it out. Then he and my grandma took brooms and ran back up the hill and beat the burning field until it went out. Anyway, lovely poem, thanks for sharing πŸ™‚

    • shanyns said,

      September 9, 2011 at 2:28 am

      Thanks for sharing, that takes some calm to do all that! I admire them. Farmers can do so much, can’t they. Thank you for stopping by and for commenting!

  6. Laurie Kolp said,

    September 9, 2011 at 2:29 am

    You have written of a misfortune with poetic eloquence. Very nice work.

    • shanyns said,

      September 9, 2011 at 2:31 am

      Thank you Laurie – I’m so very happy no one was hurt, and our son still loves to drive out and see that truck. Glad you liked the poem.

  7. Bodhirose said,

    September 9, 2011 at 3:50 am

    Wow–I love this–a great story, vividly told. Thanks for sharing.

    Gayle

    • shanyns said,

      September 9, 2011 at 8:32 am

      Gayle, so glad you enjoyed it and thanks for coming by!

  8. Mike Patrick said,

    September 9, 2011 at 5:35 am

    β€œand the windows still frame the prairie sky,” is where the value lies. This is a special poem. Not many can see something beautiful from a burned hulk.

    • shanyns said,

      September 9, 2011 at 8:31 am

      Mike – thank you for stopping by, and for also seeing the beauty in a burnt out farm truck.

  9. Ella said,

    September 10, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I love how you brought the truck to life! I’m glad you all are okay~
    Beautiful lines, “and the windows still frame the prairie sky”…Well Done!

    • shanyns said,

      September 14, 2011 at 11:37 pm

      Ella – yes everyone got out fine, although it was close when my husband almost got the tractor stuck right next to the burning truck! πŸ™‚ would have been bad for the tractor! Thank you for coming by and leaving some love.

  10. fallenelegy said,

    September 11, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    beautiful and innovative. is it from your personal experience. i found this poem unique among entries submitted for the prompt. nicely done narrative. πŸ™‚

    • shanyns said,

      September 11, 2011 at 6:52 pm

      Fallen – thank you so much! As soon as I saw the prompt I wanted to use my photo and the story of the truck. It is a true story, happened to my husband. Thanks for coming by.

  11. September 11, 2011 at 5:48 pm

    Oh this is a cool poem – and photo too. So glad your husband saved the fields. Whew! I especially love “and the windows still frame the prairie sky.” Beautiful. I’m in Canada too, eh? πŸ™‚

    • shanyns said,

      September 11, 2011 at 6:50 pm

      Sherry – thanks for coming by! Don’t you just love our prairie skies? I appreciate you coming by and leaving some love. πŸ™‚

  12. Ms. Queenly said,

    September 15, 2011 at 12:17 am

    The personification of the truck grabs the attention and the story has great imagery. ~MsQ

    • shanyns said,

      September 15, 2011 at 12:34 am

      MsQ – thank you for your comment and for stopping by!

  13. September 15, 2011 at 3:04 am

    This reminds me of the days when we used to visit an old farm and there was an old run down truck that we used to play in. We had the best times in that old truck. I love the images you’ve painted her. Very descriptive and beautifully written πŸ™‚

    • shanyns said,

      September 15, 2011 at 2:29 pm

      Thanks for coming by and for sharing your old truck adventures! They are the best, aren’t they?

  14. Morning said,

    September 15, 2011 at 7:39 pm

    very brilliant.

    the way you let your story unveil is impressive.

    • shanyns said,

      September 15, 2011 at 10:50 pm

      Thanks for coming by and for leaving some love. I really feel encouraged by your comment!

  15. September 17, 2011 at 12:06 am

    farm imagery is always rich and full of life.

    thanks for the stunning treatment.

    • shanyns said,

      September 17, 2011 at 1:10 am

      *smiles* thank you so much for stopping by and leaving some love! You made my evening!


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