Baling Twine Beatitudes

My hands are torn 
by baling twine, not nails, and my side is pierced
by my ulcer, not a lance.
~Hayden Carruth from “Emergency Haying”

Blessed are the
miles of baling twine encircling
tons of hay in our barn,
twice daily cut loose,
freed of grasses
and hung up to reuse again
in myriad ways:

~~tighten a sagging fence
latch a swinging gate
tie shut a gaping door
replace a broken handle
hang a water bucket
suspend a sagging overalls
fix a broken halter
entertain a bored barn cat
snug a horse blanket belt~~

Blessed be this duct tape of the barn
when even duct tape won’t work;
a fix-all handy in every farmer’s pocket
made beautiful
by a morning fog’s weeping.

2 thoughts on “Baling Twine Beatitudes

  1. Baking twine, the original duct tape.
    Love your writing, thoughts, and ideas. I don’t write often but I read and appreciate your words every day. Thank you.

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  2. Yes, the many ways we can use baling twine. But I do miss not having the wire at times. Today I actually used bamboo skewers and zip ties to repair some netting on my chicken pen. It will make do through the winter. Lol

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