I remember the day the new freezer arrived.  It was huge.  It was from Sears complete with a warranty. Now we could stock up on fresh halibut flown south from Alaska.  Copper River salmon for the outdoor BBQ pit and those two for the price of one whole roasting chickens.  We were carnivores ready to devour our meat as soon as it could be thawed and grilled.  When the wild blackberries were on we picked for shelves of readymade frozen pies, froze Wenatchee peaches, and other things we thought we would have need.

Before we had hardly shut the door, the freezer stopped. We checked the switches.  We shut it off, turned it on, probably hit it a few times or slammed the door.  The repair man came and went to work.   He got it going again.  It is under warranty I say.  Sorry says he.  The warranty doesn’t  cover salamanders.

dVerse prompt on the frig thus my prose poem on a salamander climbing in the motor of my new freezer


We Search

We search among stones

plain on the outside

mute colors 

occasional glimmer

reflects Iowa sunlight

dig deep to the bottom

of a quarry dreg

pound hard with rock hammer

split open to reveal inside

hope of crystals 

jasper     géodes

trilobites from an ancient sea

dVerse prompt on hope in quadrille after rock hunting in Iowa

We Search

What Grammar?

Mrs Pousche teached
from English Grammar and Composition
where placed each adjective
in sentence structure diagram
prepositional phrases too to or two
it was more then we knew or new
what could we do
being of only fourteen
thinking not of our English
or our composition
we sought the favor of boys
not teachers and spelt our words
void of there meaning
happily rejoiced at the moment
happily rejoiced in the moment
happily rejoiced of the moment
happily rejoiced for the moment

dVerse prompt to throw grammar out the classroom window

What Grammar?

Iowa Harvest

Fields of corn and dust as the combine harvester chops down the whole plant, splices the kernel off the ear and spits out the cob leaving the golden harvest.  The modern day thrashing has made the work fast with tons of corn in a day.  Down the road the ethanol plant will purchase truck loads with jobs for the locals and help to the rural economy.

If the corn is not sold it will be stored in the silos and cribs or fed to pigs who are raised in confinements.  Thousands of pigs confined to small pens where their pig shit falls into a pit to be used as fertilizer.  Fallow are the fields that beckon the first frost.   Fallow are the fields that glow with the first snow.

Winter hardened ground

Frozen against the sharp plow

After harvest time


dVerse prompt on haibun Monday and the first frost

Iowa Harvest

Iowa Winter

New Year’s Eve had snow 

Cold and windy

13° warming up

Robersons shoveled walk and drive

Sunny -8°

Starting to snow

16° cloudy

Snow 1″

Robersons shoveled our walk again

Snow again 1″

Robersons shoveled!

Started snowing about 2″

Robersons shoveled again

Didn’t do anything 

too cold and windy

Still cold and windy

20° below zero

30° below zero

Our house nice and warm

0° warming up

16° snowing

Snowed most all day

Robersons shoveled again

Still snowing

4″ fell since yesterday

Robersons shoveled our walk

-20° sunny

More snow

Still below zero

Robersons shoveled again

-13° sunny

0° warming up

Snowed a little in the night

Robersons shoveled snow

21° windy 

Snowed all night

Robersons shoveled our snow again

-2° windy blowing snow

-10° cold

31° warmed up

Warmed up 

Warmed up

Warmed up

20° started snowing and blowing

20° snowing and ice

Trees and wires covered by ice

Ice still on trees 

Lots of broken limbs


Memoir of Iowa winter January and February 1985 and good neighbors to my aging parents

Iowa Winter