A Song of the Wide Open Spaces

Returned home for the summer of 1960, worked on the farm then went off to Summer School at the University of Saskatchewan, taking a course in ’19th Century Romantic English Literature’.

All day on the prairies on a tractor I ride
Just me and my shadow along by my side
You may think I’m lonesome
But that’s not so!
I have the sun and the wind and the sky
And the good earth below!

Up in the morning about six or so
You jump on the tractor and off you go
The breeze and the bright sun seem to say
Hello my friend, there’s blue skies to-day.

Then in the evening when working is through
A cloud and a sunset bide you adieu
Then homeward you hurry and rightly too
Where a wash and a supper await for you.

And after supper you feel about right
Stars are blinking and twinkling so bright
You crawl into bed and sink out of sight
You feel that, you know that you’ll sleep
Well to-night!

All day on the prairies on a tractor I ride
Just me and my shadow along ……………

Canora, Sask.– June 1960

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