Thomas Hart Benton Hay

© Thomas Hart Benton Hay

In the heat of day
his struggles are a-plenty

Piles done
piles more to go
the noon-day sun


his home is in sight
there’ll be plenty of
cool, fresh water to drink

this horse works hard
for his hay.


© Daydreamertoo *All rights reserved

Shared with Magpie Tales #125  The artist Thomas Hart Benton ‘Hay’

Author: Daydreamer

I live on a beautiful island in Atlantic Canada.

22 thoughts on “Thomas Hart Benton Hay”

  1. Ah, yes. The scene doesn’t show much of the actual drama/trauma/hardscrabble work that’s required to keep animal and human among the living. Nice poem.

  2. I thought your expression of this harvest painting spoke to the tough work that is farming, so beautifully. Thank you for sharing, Bren.

  3. The horse! Of course, we need to be mindful of their needs …. Our work horses were Belle and Dobbin … my grandparents took took good care of them.

  4. there is always more to do on the farm…and they all work hard for what they get out of it….something i think is lost on those that have never done it themselves….

  5. This poem makes me smile, as it isn’t until the end that one finds it is from the perspective of a horse. And it is funny that the horse works hard for his hay! You were clever with this one.

  6. Yes, he works hard for his hay! I am struck this weekend by the images on the news of the horses fleeing the fires in Colorado……….

  7. Love this … in a way … I’m just not sure whether Mrs. Thomas Ben Harten did much/ if not most of the work … hmmm, just a thought and flashbacked to my own farming days … don’t want to sound bitter, but I remember only too well … the calving in -30 below, baby calves in the kitchen fighting for their lifes … and of course harvest time in the summer … with klenex stuffed up my nose because of the dust … not to forget the “quickies” in the hay … sorry, maybe a bit of ifomation overload, Bren … won’t happen again … :ove, cat.

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