‘Who Needs a Chinese Tractor?’ by Reid McGrath The Society March 28, 2014 Falun Dafa, Poetry 2 Comments Because he gave up life in town To graze the old undulant farm They called him a provincial clown Who did not get all up in arms. They said, rashly, he did not care About the evil ways of men. But seeing evil everywhere He’d made it a point not to sin (As much as he could); so he went Back out into the countryside And all his energy was spent On living simply with his bride. Their arms were plowshares, pruning hooks. (Though there was a gun ’hind the door.) He saw the Chinese tractor took The job away from John next-door. The trinket’s cheap, but it’s bloody, Splashed by slaves on gulag lines! One is voting with one’s money: To buy foul things is to make binds. His mode of life: To hurt no one— Was bold and brash and hard to do; And doing it, one could be dumb, Not preaching, but, practicing too. The couple commenced to work hard And be subversive in their way: To plant potatoes in their yard And turn the salesman back away. Lawns are somewhat a waste of space. Land is a resource one can use. The less one buys the Chinese race Is that much less hurt and abused. So every time they went shopping— Which was a rare occurrence—it Was a good chance to go voting With the pennies in their pocket. Reid McGrath is a poet living in the Hudson Valley of New York. Featured Image: “Made in America” by David Bowers (b. 1956) Related Post ‘Island City: Auckland’ and Other Poetry by Jan ... Island City: Auckland I’ve grown to love this place of sea and noise Where buildings have assumed a regal poise As high they stab on sultry... Tell the world:FacebookTwitterTumblrPinterestRedditLinkedInEmail 2 Responses Katy March 28, 2014 I really like this poem, the story. Reply Terence Marin March 29, 2014 A good poem. Actually, planting potatoes in their yard may not be subversive but ingenious. Supposedly a severe sun flare could wreck our electricity and take us back to the 18th century: http://www.nationaljournal.com/tech/newt-gingrich-s-plan-to-stave-off-the-apocalypse-20140328 Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.