Fly Away Home

Harvest comes later this year

combines in the field

separate soybeans from chaff

thrash the corn

aphids go down with the stalk

imported Japanese beetles 

ladybugs and Asian lady beetles

(hard to tell the difference)

fly away home

try to survive the long winter
  

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dVerse prompt on an aspect of fall

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Fly Away Home

Beach Walk

The sand on my feet, waves lap at the leg of my pants, the water sometimes warm, sometimes cold. I can walk for miles on the beach and always search for a shell or a rock or some mysterious shape.

The best beach walk is after an all night storm and in the morning there is
calm. If you find your way before dawn there are only a few people. You might be the first to find a sea bean that has travelled all the way from Costa Rica.

water moves on earth
uniting the continents
seeks its own border

Beach Walk

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

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dVerse prompt on haibun Monday and the first frost

Iowa Harvest

Did You?

questions from Winslow, Arizona and the song by Jackson Browne and Glenn Frey “Take It Easy”

  
Did you ever 

stand on the corner

in Winslow, Arizona?

Did you ever

have seven women

on your mind?

Did you ever

let your wheels

drive you crazy?

Did you ever

try to understand

and take a stand?

Did you ever 

have a world of trouble

on your mind?

Did you ever

win or did you 

lose?

Did you ever

let yourself be saved

and take it easy?
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dVerse prompt to write a poem of questions

Did You?

Road Trip Postcards

remember the Wild West
how to roll your own
two stand together

beautiful Texas
wish you were here
come back when wild flowers bloom

two horns sharp long horns
heavy burden
worth the weight

in the desert thorns grow
hard ground blue sky
find protection hold firm

ace and jack play the odds
sound of chips
roll the dice

friends to creatures
never alone
lessons from Smokey

just remember only you
don’t wait for someone else
to stop the fire only you

or let your fire burn
the only you fire
burn bright fire

glory to GOD and the canyon
maker of heaven and earth
and the canyon

“straight up land” said the Paiute
rock and erosion layers
of color and time

we drove for days
we drove the route through Texas
New Mexico Arizona Utah

past Navaho Nation
find sovereignty
in going the distance

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short poems written on postcards

Road Trip Postcards