make hay, as they say


Today, Boncho’s haiku (below) inspired mine. The smell of cut alfalfa is a wonderful aroma! Another season of haying will soon begin with our first cutting here in Iowa. It’s pleasant to drive tractor for baling hay, if not too windy and dusty.


farmer works up sweat

bales hay on summer evening

to feed hungry cows


how cool cut hay smells

when carried through the farm gate

as the sun comes up!




photo by lynn


Nozawa Boncho was a Japanese poet born c.1640. He spent most of his life  working as a doctor in Kyoto. Boncho was one of Matsuo Bashō’s followers and wrote many famous haiku in his day. This is my response to Carpe Diem Haiku Kai: Utabukuro.

5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. rothpoetry
    Feb 28, 2018 @ 08:54:28

    Wonderful post! I love the imagery of baling hay. I spent five summers on my uncle’s farm in Pennsylvania baling hay and stacking it in the haymow!


    • lynn__
      Feb 28, 2018 @ 10:28:59

      Great experience! I’ve driven the tractor for baling the small square bales (stacked some too, when I was a younger bride); our adult son does the round baling now.


  2. Julie
    May 21, 2016 @ 07:13:06

    A favorite scent of mine as well. It brings back barefoot memories of racing through childhood. I have a white barn just about identical to your photo. Hubby is out scraping it this morning as we are in the process of painting. I love your blog. Thanks for finding me.


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