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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: Art (01/18/07)

TITLE: The Art of Baling Hay
By Juanita Pittman-Brown
01/23/07


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The Art of Baling Hay

Out I go with vigor to absorb
The beauty of the day --
Out I go with subtle joy
To gather and bale the hay…

I know that fall will come
And winter too will pass --
Spring will cross the horizon --
And summer will come at last…

From season to season
From winter’s ebony
To the brilliance of a July day --
What brings to me great pleasure
Is the art of baling hay…

Some would not see the beauty
In the sculpture of the straw --
But as memories reappear
Someday they will recall
The beauty they once saw…

The bales are formed
And placed in fields
As reward of labor done
And blessing from God above
For the turning of the seasons
And cycles of the sun…

Could I find a greater passion
Than sharing the earth
In harmony with God
And viewing His creation
As patchwork beauty
Across the quilted sod…

Spring will gently smile --
Summer will ease the sun
Across the heated sky --
Fall will greet winter’s pallet
As to summer it says good-bye…

And yet the bales of hay
Will hold the flavor and memories
Of days gone past
And what I will recall
Will be the baling of the hay
And doing what I love that last…

The art of baling hay
Provides for the artist
A way to sculpt the earth
And in the beauty of the design
One comes to understand
What the art of baling hay is worth…


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Julie Arduini01/25/07
This art is a great part of many friends and family, conjures up good memories. A nice piece of Americana!
Myrna Noyes01/29/07
Your title caught my husband's interest right away, as he grew up on a farm where he and his dad often baled hay! My husband said your piece brought back lots of childhood memories and made him think of his dad. I liked your poem, too, even though I'm more of a "city" girl! :) Great job! :)
Donna Emery01/31/07
I would not have imagined it to be an art, but you convinced me! I was a bit thrown off by your changing meter but all in all this was well written and lovely in its descriptions.
Loren T. Lowery01/31/07
We have horses and need to feed them hay through out the year - now, when I go into the hay barn - I will remember your words, recalling that even in a simple bale of hay an artist's work can be found.