Ploughing

While walking on patrol,
busy with military service
I saw some natives ploughing
using a horse or ox or donkey
that never seemed weary
with a ancient blade thing
saw the neatly dug furrow

and remembered the first time
that I did plough on a tractor
with the clutch the deciding factor
and pulled away much too suddenly
drawing clouds of clay and grime
and it seesawing on back wheels
almost tipping head over heel.

by Gert Strydom

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