From Bicycles to Airplane

Wright brother Orville

At the top of the hill trying to fly

From a little toy that built a dream

Building bikes

Need balance

Don’t fall off

Leave the ground

Let’s stay up not go down

Watch the turkey vulture fly

Wilbur went day dreaming

Built a lite glider

Need for a windy place

Privacy

Kitty Hawk

Wrote a letter

Answer yes we can

Wide open space

Lots of sand

Wind like the Sahara desert

Little boy Tommy Tate

First to fly

Two minute flight for Wilbur

Went home to Ohio

Built a wind tunnel

1902 off the sand dune

a thousand times

Roll

Pitch

Yaw

These three created flight

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From Bicycles to Airplane

A Clearing

My daughter and her husband purchased five acres of land, lots of trees on it and a pond.  There is an old house there, three sheds about to fall over, two old boats that might still float, an aluminum travel trailer that hasn’t traveled since 1998, and lots of work.  She says she is feeling overwhelmed.

I remember when my husband and I were young and worked all day on weekends to clear land to build a house.  I tell her that I don’t know how we did it.  I can still clear brush and trim branches and find a yellow McCoy mouse cookie jar discarded in weeds.  She too will find her surprises.

 

old abandoned house

still remnants of who was here

earth cycle passes

 

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dVerse haibun prompt on surprises – the big surprise was that the cookie jar wasn’t broken

A Clearing

Night Shelling

Under a super moon

Even the tides were on our side

Going out with the starlit

Moonlight change to dawn

Crunch return path

Under the belt of Orion

Trees that have always marked the way

Look different now

Their silhouette on the horizon

Unmoving

 

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dVverse quadrille prompt to use the word crunch – the sound of feet crunching the shells on a beach walk

Night Shelling

Plan to Letterpress

The process of letterpress is my plan for how to publish. Pressing words or an image into paper, sending the ink into the surface a little deeper and partaking in printing antiquity are reasons that encourage me to action.

The poems have already been chosen, a series of haiku written many years ago while hiking in Cathedral Park in Canada. The poems will cut sharp as scree on the mountainside into the paper.

Press ink on paper

Tell of Stone City and larch

In a season past

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dVerse prompt on plan for writing and how in the springtime I plan to learn letterpress and do a chapbook of haiku

Plan to Letterpress

Change A’Comin

you change a diaper to get the shit out

obviously change is good

yet why is it resisted

unless you need to change a tire

without it you cannot roll

last minute change to your airline ticket

will cost you some more dough

if you change the ingredients in a recipe

it won’t taste as good as told

you’re hot you change the temperature

when you see it coming

don’t resist your change

or think it is just for others

after buying something with a dollar

you expect to get your change

 

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dVerse prompt on change

Change A’Comin

Mountain Bear Woman

Fire was on the other side of the ridge bringing the bears to the hillside of Two Medicine Lake.    I watched them from a distance as they foraged in the short brush.  That afternoon on a tour boat cruising  the length of the lake,  a huge grizzly bear was seen on the shore.

 

On the return trip, the grizzly had moved from the shoreline to a mound of black huckleberries.  On the other side of the bushes, a woman was picking the berries, oblivious to the bear.

 

Mountain Bear Woman

Joined in kindred spirit at

Two Medicine Lake

 

 

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dVerse animal prompt – this was the first time I ever saw a grizzly at Glacier National Park

Mountain Bear Woman