Norwegian Farmer’s Son…June 27th

June 27th…“WHEN GROWING UP ON YOUR FARM IN MINNESOTA, SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS ABOUT SOMETHING THAT WAS A MYSTERY AND PUZZLEMENT TO YOU.”

POEM – “A Hammer Named Stammer”  by N. Elliott Noorlun

NFS 6.27a
Hmmmm???

There’s a lot of questions, For each little boy,

As he encounters, Every daily joy.

“How come this?” and “Why is that?”,

Like, “Why did God make a calico cat?”,

A moment like that, Came to me one day,

As far off towards, Our woods I did play.

 

#78=Kiester farm, February 1959, W towards shop & barn
Elliott’s daddy, Russell, was hammering on some metal equipment in front of this white shop building that you see on the left side of this photo from 1959.

I could see our dad, Real far away,

As far as a football field I’d say.

NFS 6.27b
That hammer would stammer….in Elliott’s opinion.

With muscled arm, Dad’s hammer would fall,

And yet, for a second, No sound at all.

Then, like magic, Sound reached my ear,

And only then, Could I hear.

NFS 6.27d
“Stammer” the hammer 😉

T’was if that hammer, Didn’t know how to talk,

It seemed to stutter, It seemed to balk.

Being too young, To understand science,

I could only draw on, Boy’s brain reliance.

So, then and there, I named that hammer,

His name then would be, The hammer called, “Stammer”.

NFS 6.27f
Later in life, Elliott learned how sound travels and how fast.

As I got older, And went to school,

Learning facts, And the Golden Rule,

I was taught about, The speed of sound,

And just how fast, Across the ground,

That sound can travel, Once it’s made,

And where we stand, Will change the grade,

Of when our ears, Can listen in,

From whence that sound, Did begin.

So, “Stammer” the hammer, Was a learning time,

As I have shared, Within this rhyme!!  😉

NFS 6.27c
Always so much to learn when growing up on that farm in Minnesota 😉

 

 

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