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Understand how to make our past count for something

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    Understand How to Make our Past Count for Something.

    Last evening I ventured past
    A field where abandoned machines were cast,
    Blending in the landscape now
    Old planter, mower, disc and plough.

    Wading through cobwebs and weeds
    Among the past where nostalgia breeds,
    Loyal of wear, weak and blunt
    Replaced by technology’s ruling front.

    These decades of tools once held my trust
    Now stilled by blankets of mold and rust,
    Long they functioned, so well they pleased
    Stubborn engines now fully seized.

    All operative when trucked away
    With hope for a resurrection day,
    Their haunt of service can I erase?
    Still poised for action, just in case.

    Welding scars from harvest’s toll
    I hear their pleas, we have a soul,
    But time and weather played their game
    Retired implements lost their claim.

    In the backyard of our future dreams
    We’ve oft set aside the “old” it seems,
    Until later… awaiting the better fit
    Or convenient time to fully commit.

    How many plans, well-meaning parked
    With a destiny contemplative marked,
    End like corpses of wood and tin
    Never called to work again?

    Our once ideal in a field of trust
    Is lost in procrastination’s dust,
    Affections shelved are now asleep
    Apologies delayed too late to keep.

    Thanks waiting for a better slot
    Kindness left in mind’s burial lot,
    Hope, like wheels stuck in dry crust
    All await freedom! Rescue we must.

    Raise our voice and burdens carry
    Don’t leave action in intent cemetery.
    Perhaps next year on a better day
    When all the trivia is cleared away?