Rednecks in Zen*

Tractor

We was sittin on the porch
outside a Chester’s whittlin
toothpicks outta logs.
I looks at Jake’n says,

What’s up with BobbieSue anyways?

Whatcha mean? (says Jake)

I thought we wuz pretty tight
but but she don’t come round
when she says she’s gonna
an she’s goin out with some other ole boy
I ain’t evenever met.

You say somethin to ‘er bout it?

I called’er thother night, but
she was makin a marble cake
an had to let me go so’s she
could go find some marbles*.

She’s fickle boy!

Fickle? Whaddayathink I orta do?

Well son, know that tractor we got we use
fer hayrides won’t stay in third gear?

Y-eah.

Do we try’n fix it?

Ain’t worth fixin.

Gets the job done anyways, right?

Well, yeah.

Well son, it’s like any piece
of farm equipment–

you gotta let a tractor* be a trractor,
an let a hoe* be a hoe.

*Zen — a school of Buddhism that asserts that enlightenment can be attained through meditation, contemplation, and intuition rather than through scripture
*marbles — small balls used in children’s games
*tractor — an automotive vehicle designed for pulling machinery
*hoe — a tool with a flat blade and a long handle, used for weeding, gardening, cultivating, and gardening

Originally published in The Portable Wall