“'And you have to make hay when the sun shines.'
That's what all of the hill people say:
'Keep your load wide.
Keep your eyes to the sky.
And make sure it's dry when you put it away.' ”
- David Mallett, The Haying Song
Images like this invoke the Mallett songs we sung at summer camp, remind us of the feel of twine digging through our gloves in parallel tracks, are concomitant with the open fields that help define our favorite places, and also predict a few errant bales of hay found along sharp corners.