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Hay Roll Calving

Hay roll tractortotters around the slopelike an old farmer in a hatleaning on the setting sunturning slowly to followlong brown trails of raked hay.

He scarfs it up,Leaves the field clean,digesting until slowed toa thoughtful pauselifts the tail hood,and calves the rollonto the groundwith great relief.

Then indifferent, turns awayonto another rowcircling the fieldto get progeny more.

Comes morning,a scattered herdof perfect, round balesare populating the hill,sculptures of a mindthat sees the world is round.And the rising sun toowith a round face smiles. [End Page 109]

Paul Quenon

Born in West Virginia, Br. Paul Quenon, OCSO entered the Trappists in 1958 at the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, where Thomas Merton was his Novice Master. He has been publishing poems and photographs for the last twenty years. Quenon's latest books of poetry are Unquiet Vigil and Bells of the Hours.

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