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Farm Artists

Story ID:9540
Written by:Monte Leon Manka (bio, contact, other stories)
Organization:retired
Story type:Poem
Location:Corona CA USA
Year:1933
Person:Awed Chelsea Kansas Kid
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Farm Artists

Farm Artists

Farm Artists

Farm Artists

Have you ever driven down a country road
And seen a stack of hay
Standing all alone
On some summer day?

Looks like a gigantic loaf of bread
But this you may not know
It takes a bunch of men
To make this haystack grow

As the horse drawn Hay wagons
Pull upon the site
Where the hay stack is started
While two men place the loose hay just right

These two stacking men are artists
Out here on the plain
They build that haystack with perfection
To stand against the wind and shed rain

They move each fork full of hay
Thrown to them from the hayracks
Without transit or level
They build a perfect stack

Not everyone can build perfect stacks
It takes two farmhands who have the knack
With strong backs
To place just right the hay from those hay racks

In the winter
When comes the snow
Those cows
Seem to know

That there is sweet hay for them
In that stack
Food all winter for all livestock
When they want a snack

But stacking hay
Is now passé
Now there are ugly
Round bales of hay

Strewn all over the field
Such a sight to see
Bales laying everywhere
Looks unkempt to me

My hat’s off
To those forgotten stacking men
They’re the Rembrandts and Picasso’s
Back when men were MEN,

Monte L. Manka 02-19-2014