a tale of tails, tenacity, and tedium, as told by me, usually barefoot and bellowing

Sunday, July 8, 2012

The Mag 125

Chilmark Hay, 1951 by Thomas Hart Benton

Once again,
I am stumped
The picture's real
I'm in a slump.

Farmer John has hay
And green grass galore
We have nothing
Just dead grass and spores.

I guess I'm suffering
From hay envy now.
Can't cut, can't rake
Can't even plow.

Cattle auctions are full
Selling into the night
Trailers lined up
Far outta sight.

Trying not to fail
Survival mode in place
This county is going to...well,
Pray for rain and say Grace.

Join the fun at THE MAG.

23 comments:

Lynne said...

Liked the pastel and your rhyme too!

Rudee said...

Still wishing for rain for you.

I love Thomas Hart Benton's art. I have a beautiful print of his somewhere--I think hanging at Rachel's house.

StitchinByTheLake said...

Still praying Gail. Here in Louisiana where we are now we've had lots of rain the last couple of days. Wish I could send some of it home! blessings, marlene

Sandra said...

perfect and so true. all of the things you mention are heart breakers for our country and for you

Kay said...

nature seems to be topsy turvy..we are in summer but have our wettest two months on record..wish we could send you some...hang on..sending love..x

TexWisGirl said...

sounds EXACTLY like texas last year. big, big sigh for you...

the canned quilter said...

Same boat....Sending Hugs : )

Dreaming said...

We finally had measurable rain. I hope it comes your way....soon!

Tess Kincaid said...

Hay envy, indeed...so dry here too...

Elizabeth Rose Stanton said...

Thomas Hart Benton = <3
Your poem = <3 <3

JJ Roa Rodriguez said...

ill help you pray for rain... it was a delight yesterday to have even a little rain to water the grass.

JJRod'z

Dana Dampier said...

I see it too...
We are finally getting some rain here though, so just maybe relief is on its way.

Grace said...

The painting looks way too perfect, doesn't it ~ I like the realist take here ~ Pray for rain ~

LindaG said...

Hate to say it, but I wish I could afford some of these cattle being sold off.

Have a great week and hope you get more rain!

Forty Pound Sack said...

We need rain, too. If I see any, I'll send some your way ~

Brian Miller said...

haha...hay envy...all pretty much dead here as well...we did get some rain last night which was great...hey i went a little dark myself for you this week...smiles...

izzy said...

Nice to meet you. I am only a small homesteader, with light horses and a few rabbits, ducks and other small
crew. Do love all the hard work and memories.( Not able to breath around hay much any more.) We are pretty dry up here but not parched yet-
our garden is still OK.

Sue said...

I hope you get some serious precipitation, and soon!

=)

Little Nell said...

Oh dear, I feel for you. This sums up the problem and rhymes well too!

SaucyKod said...

After a few days of fairly decent downpours, we are back into summer heat n wind.
Enjoyed your pastel of the farm and cute poem. Hope it rains for you SOON.

Karen S. said...

let it rain let it rain...sending it your way! Lovely poem, it reads so delightfully!

Doctor FTSE said...

I sense the farmers' hard life during weather that is too hot and too dry. Where I am we've had rain and more rain for a whole week.

Linda said...

I enjoyed your sentiments, Gail. We are dry and hot here in southern Ontario, Canada too. Rainless and dry. I think we need a rain dance. Thank you for sharing. =D

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