Wednesday, February 22, 2017

THE SCHOOL OF LIFE

February, 2017
Poets United Wednesday Motif challenge is nostalgia,
so of course my thoughts go back to the one room
school I attended Grades 1 through 8.  Though I don't
have a photo of my school, the one pictured here is
nearly an exact replica.



It was a little one-room schoolhouse
Where I learned to read and write
There were no indoor facilities
But we did have electric light
The teacher sat at his desk in front
Near the bench for recitation
The pot-bellied stove stood at the rear
In our house of education.

When teacher rang the morning bell
We came in from playing tag
To start each school day morning
Pledging allegiance to our flag.
In desks of various sizes
For we were grades one through eight
We worked hard at getting lessons
To progress at rapid rate.

We were taught to be competitive
And to always do our best
To bring the best we had to give
To any given test.
At recess we played softball,
Cops and robbers, fox and goose.
And even on the playground
We learned the simple truths.

We learned honesty, compassion,
Integrity and pride
The tools of successful living
That must not be put aside.

In today’s education system
Modern conveniences are rife
But I’ll take my one-room schoolhouse
Where the teacher taught us life.


Tuesday, February 21, 2017

ONCE UPON A TIME


Submitted to dVerse for Tuesday poetics, where we're challenged
to write suburban poetry.   My thoughts went to the suburbs
of my early marriage, and to a kinder, gentler day.  I fell
back into my familiar and loved rhyme and metre for this one.
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It was the prefab suburbs, our house came on a truck
They put it together in a single day, with any kind of luck
Our view was of the farmer’s barn, we were in an open field
He’d determined selling out would be the greater yield.

And so the streets appeared and marched in identical rows
With identical little houses,  except for color, I suppose
Our street was full of dreams, obtained with GI loan
But we all knew in 30 years, they’d be our very own.

Soon the babies came along, we raised them all together
They roamed the yards in safety; no need for electronic tether.
They knew well that any mischief, be it this, that or the other
Would travel up and down the street, passing from mother to mother.

We taught then all respect, and to obey the golden rule
When autumn came, we dressed them up and sent them off to school
The big ones watched the little ones as they walked along the way
Yes, the world was safe and life was good, in that suburban day.

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February, 2017.

Monday, February 20, 2017

THE BEST THINGS IN LIFE ARE FREE

February 20, 2017

Submitted to DVerse  Haibun/haiku

We're to feature a special free gift in our haibun and haiku this week. My haibun is in the form of an ode, written in honor of our family tradition of “Cookie Day”, which takes place just before Christmas….truly one of my life’s great gifts.


Oh much-anticipated day of tradition
when all roads lead to joyous chaos
The chorus of voices mingling
with sound of culinary creation
Eight matriarchs under one roof
with single purpose, amazing in itself.
Happy children with sticky fingers
and smiling faces storing memories.
Wondrous scent of cinnamon and
palate-soothing chocolate.
Glorious display of fruits of labor
enhanced by camaraderie
House of love, hands of love, fruits of love
Richness beyond knowing
Grateful hearts with common thought
Peace on Earth, good will to all!



          
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Gift beyond compare
Family togetherness
The stories retold

Saturday, February 18, 2017

TEN WORD CHALLENGE

Stacy Lynn Mar of WarningtheStars.com offers a list of 10 words and challenges us to
write something using those words. 

THE LIST
Southward
Wilted
Nylon
Sluiced
Waterglass
Spilled
Current
Occluded
Hemp
Jostled



THE RESULT

She’d walked long in the late summer sun
until she felt wilted and spent, and rivulets
of sweat dampened her fair hair, and nearly
occluded her vision.  She walked southward
to the grove of old oaks and maples and
into the welcoming darkness, where sunlight,
as if spilled from a tipped waterglass, pierced
the dense roof of leaves overhead leaving
scattered pools of sunshine on the forest floor.

The old trees stood strong and tall,  holding
their secrets in hemp-colored branches, their
leaves jostled by the gentle breezes of late
summer, creating cool respite from the heat.
Sighing, she sank to a moss-covered spot in
the shade.  She sat quite still and let the
silence enfold her.

As if by magic, she felt her worries fall away,
much as a summer shower sluices away an
accumulation of dust.   This was her special
place, an island of calm in life’s rapid current.
She knew she would walk away refreshed
and renewed, as always, after she had taken
the time to be still and listen to her inner
voice of reason…or was it the voice of God?

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Submitted to http://www.warningthestars.com/
February 2017

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

HERITAGE


Edged by ancient trees, the old pioneer
cemetery was an island of green
dotted with weathered gray markers,
silent sentinels to those who’d gone before,
sturdy pioneers who bravely followed
their dreams on hash-marked trails
through verdant forests and across rivers,
from Virginia to Kentucky to this spot
in southern Indiana near the Ohio River.

Five generations later, I stand under
a cloudless azure sky, lost in wonder
at the endless chain of life that brought
me here, surrounded by ancestors who
trod this soil all those years ago, whose
blood runs red in my veins and whose
genetic imprint fashions who I am.  

I sit, leaning against a tree, listening to
birdsong as dusk turns the sky crimson
and gold, overcome with a feeling of
reverence.  I will be different somehow
after this visit.  I know now this is my
moment in time, my responsibility to
be an honorable link from yesterday
to tomorrow.

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Submitted to dVerse Open Link, February, 2017
(A visit to Hopewell Pioneer Cemetery outside
Lanesville, Indiana, where my fifth great grandfather,
a Revolutionary War soldier, rests with others of
our family).

LOVE

https://flic.kr/p/qXKdSd | LOVE | This week's challenge includes use of various fonts and elements in the style of Alisa Holland.  What fun! Credits to Oscraps and Scrapartist for various elements.:

Born of speculation
turned to flirtation
fanned by infatuation
leading to cohabitation
challenged by tribulation
threatened with stagnation
surviving temptation
strengthened by duration
LOVE, seasoned by time.

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Submitted for Poets United Midweek Motif - Love.
A bit of tongue-in-cheek rhyming.

Monday, February 13, 2017

THE TRUMPET SOUNDED


The Trump-et sounded.
Some thought it was reveille;
others feared it was taps.

Alternative facts,
braggadocious acts,
retribution via twitter

The world trembled.
The minions assembled
ghosts of unrest once stilled.

The nation reeled as
wounds opened thought healed,
and the pen became weapon.
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We're requested to write a Quadrille of
exactly 44 words, using the word "ghost".
Submitted to dVerse February, 2017