Tractor [Free Verse]

the tractor idles in the end-row,
chugging and sputtering,
with a rattling exhaust flap

soon the tractor lurches
into straight-line locomotion,
chugging down the row,
carving out furrows,
peeling soft, black soil aside

the cut worm does not forgive,
but neither does it know
what hit it --
some thunderous storm,
monotonously rolling nearer -
becoming more all-pervading -
until it starts to fade,
but by then
 the worm is halved

everything becomes something else:
worm aerates soil
and 
then becomes food for the 
tugging bird

DAILY PHOTO: Festive Tractor

Taken in November of 2013 in Karnataka, India

Taken in November of 2013 in Karnataka, India

Q: How did the driver see through these garlands well enough to stay on the highway?

A: I have no idea.