Don Aslett

Where I grew up it was cool

To have your own shovel, a useful tool

A true honor on the ranch—

A shiny shovel, never came by chance

For what’s well-used will show some wear

And have a polished, productive glare.

A goal exclaimed often when I spoke

Was to own a shiny shovel when I croak

I determined to keep it mud-free and sharp

Up to the day I’d play the harp.

But hark! My life cannot yet stop—

My shovel now sits rusting in the shop!

How life follows the tale of that tool

Where luster is lost to Nature’s rule

Don Aslett of McCammon is the founder of The Museum of Clean in Pocatello. Check out the museum’s website at