Iowa Bootleg

In the era of prohibition came Templeton Rye

a bootleg whiskey with a golden shine

smuggled in cases for many to try

favorite in speakeasies across the state line

even in Chicago Al Capone said it was fine

numbered small batches still being made today 

from that same old recipe its here to stay
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dVerse prompt on rhyme royal about a whiskey made in Iowa

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Iowa Bootleg

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

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dVerse prompt to throw grammar out the classroom window

What Grammar?

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

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

Iowa Winter

You and the Eclipse

to Greg

 

Watch as the moon makes a sliver of the sun.  You can almost see it move. It put a blind spot on the surface. Solar experience. Totality somewhere. But you would not travel to the path of totality. You who doesn’t like lines, traffic or the hype. Now totality comes in another place and you are content with just a sliver of the moment.

So it never got dark, it never made that perfect circle of promised intervention or made the stars shine in the day. And now a half disc lowers itself towards the east horizon and I watch and wait for the glorious totality of the sun.

Can this be random
When heavens and earth align
Or a great design?

You and the Eclipse

Eclipse

earth goes round the sun
while moon rotates the earth
meeting on occasion
not seen too much in Perth

photographers go out
a photo op of her
all variables they doubt
the best shot may be Weiser

folks are selling glasses
keep your eyes safe viewin’
some of them are asses
fake is what their doin’

get ready ‘or the land
time it is a wastin’
be ready to take stand
next one in generations

all your preparation
only minutes to see
add to the frustration
now clouds they cover thee

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#eclipse

Eclipse