Thursday, August 21, 2014

Hay (not only) for the Horses

"I'm sixty-eight", he said,
"I first bucked hay when I was seventeen.
I thought, that day I started,
I sure would hate to do this all my life.
And dammit, that’s just what
I've gone and done."

From "Hay for the Horses" by Gary Snyder.


  1. Actually that looks like straw. Hay is cut grass and good food for horses. Straw is the hollow stems of cut grain after removal of the seads during harvesting - barley wheat etc - and is used for bedding and ground cover in barns but not eating. Straw is much lighter, easier to shift the bales. Hay is heavy. I much preferred working with straw in my farmboy days. But hey... who cares?

    Me, obviously...

    1. He who does not know the difference between hay and straw, in German is called a "Strohkopf". I am a "He", obviously. :)

  2. Hey... I meant seeds, not seads (obviously). These typos appear between checking and publishing. They do, they do!

  3. Love the photo :-) I don't care if it is hay or straw ;-)

    1. You don't care?
      Hay!! That's incredibly nice of you. :)