Ash Grove

My great grandfather

built his home in Southern Iowa

out back was a grove of ash trees

the people called the town Ash Grove

now gone from the map

forgotten place

I can still see the changing color

of leaves falling to the ground

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dVerse quadrille prompt on the word ash

Ash Grove

More Fruit

There is much to do

weather is changing

prepare for less light

more rain

bring in chairs

fold the sunshades

move plants inside

where they will linger

in warmth of a fireplace

or the winter sun

coming through glass

perhaps flower and fruit

again

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dVerse prompt to write a quadrille using the word linger. I am preparing for the continuous rains and trying something new in bringing some potted plants (tomato and pepper) inside to see if they will continue to produce.

More Fruit

Taradiddle

This is what happens when promises are made that cannot be delivered. I gave you weapons. I gave you training. I gave you a plan of governance. I never gave you peace and stability in your own country. I put your sons and daughters on a plane as refugees. Your wife went too and now in desperation you cling to the fuselage.

Taradiddle

A Place in the Sun

Houses for sale in the Algarve

follow the cobblestone to the yellow one

imagine myself speaking Portuguese

eu escrevo em poesia

nadar no Mediterrâneo

cultivar vegetais

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dVerse prompt concerning an imagined house — I’ll take one in the Algarve of Portugal. Translation:

I write in poetry/ swim in the Mediterranean/grow vegetables

A Place in the Sun

Change

Now it is only a trickle of a stream

where boulder rocks and pebbles accumulate

no hint of water on their smoothness

a dry bed until the hard rains come

gathering a force that pushes land

creates a new course through the city streets

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dVerse prompt on writing a quadrille using the word stream. Also recalling the flooding at Zion National Park and the water flowing through the streets.

Change

Parody on Drunken Sailor

What do I do with a drunken husband

What do I do with a drunken husband

What do I do with a drunken husband

Leave him in the morning

Pray stay I will do better

Pray stay I will do better

Pray stay I will do better

Don’t leave me in the morning

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NaPoWriMo prompt to write a parody . I could go on with this but I am on a road trip.

Parody on Drunken Sailor

Upside

So comfortable in my life

eat drink sleep create

ready to create a better way

moving into new areas

really moving

no time to eat

there will be food later

drink water

prepare a bed

with many pillows

tomorrow will travel

towards a new destination

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NaPoWriMo prompt to respond to a poem of choice. My life feels upside down right now, but looking at the new upside. Today was moving day.

Upside