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

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Iowa Winter

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?

Keep It Simple

Today I am not flying to Houston but rather I am going to Iowa, the place where I was born. The heartland, the grass plains now in field corn ready to harvest. A simple place where the elms have died out and the Fox have bought back a part of their land and run a casino. I am not flying thru Denver where the airport built on sacred land but rather thru Vegas, the hub of gambling and entertainment, the vision of an eccentric.

My hometown has changed. Where there use to be three grocery stores now there is one. There are still a number of bars that line one street and no shoe store anymore. I remember Buster Brown in the shop window and a number of dress shops. Now there is one. My sister and I walk all day reminiscing childhood, the town’s dramas and a dad who drank too much.  There is already too much extravagance in the world. Time to keep it simple.

Seasons move so fast

We are caught in the middle

How to surrender

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dVerse prompt haibun Monday and explain why you write the way you do

Keep It Simple

Petroglyph Picasso Postcard Series

Petroglyph Picasso
marks of his time with palette
pyramid lights
a different red bull

Petroglyph Picasso
mark of our time
dismembered disjointed shapes
wanting to be whole

Petroglyph Picasso
Oh to sit for a portrait with the master
take this cup
leave the table and dance!

Joy of the master’s studio
blank slate or finished canvas
lines take shape
black and white or color
begin a new work

Petroglyph Picasso
pitcher and the poet pours out
a stream of water let go
that no longer fills the vessel
like stone that needs no remembrance
or the folly of the etcher

Petroglyph Picasso
woman reading
thought of beginning middle and end
history fiction or current event
mind encapsulated in this moment

Petroglyph Picasso
mark of his time
the eye that saw war
the eye that saw peace
mouth ready to speak art

Petroglyph Picasso
a ring of suspense
who will die a violent death
a horse the bull or the matador

Petroglyph Picasso
shapes cut stone like
in still life with fans
moves the air regardless of time

Petroglyph Picasso
portrait of our time
confusion and the crucifixion
crying out with limbs
hands set in prayer

shapes cut like stone
seat of still life
Left behind by the master
Petroglyph Picasso

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compilation of poems August Poetry Postçard Fest

Petroglyph Picasso Postcard Series