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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Lost Iowa Barn

I love the old barns in Iowa.
I love the craftsmanship,
I love their character,
I love the uniqueness.
Wouldn't you have loved
to have seen this barn
just after it was built,
with a farmer and his family
beaming with pride,
knowing how much this barn
will mean to their livelihood?
Sadly, we're losing these barns.
This barn no longer stands.
Did the wind and weather take it?
Nope.
It was bulldozed.
The barn boards weren't salvaged.
One morning it was there,
that night it was gone.
In it's place will be 54 condominiums.
And we call this "progress."


Saturday, March 23, 2013

Blooming Peony

No mere mortal
could ever make 
art so sweet
as what God above
provides for us.



Friday, March 15, 2013

Lines Written in Early Spring

Lines Written In Early Spring
by William Wordsworth

I heard a thousand blended notes
while in a grove I sat reclined
in that sweet mood when pleasant thoughts
bring sad thoughts to the mind.

To her fair works did Nature link
the human soul that through me ran,
and much it grieved my heart to think
what man has made of man. 

Through primrose tufts in that green bower
the periwinkle trailed its leaves
and 'tis my faith that every flower
enjoyed the air it breathed.

The birds around me hopped and played,
Their thoughts I cannot measure,
but each motion that they made,
it seemed a thrill of pleasure.

The budding twigs spread out their fan
to catch the breezy air,
and I must think, do all I can,
That there was pleasure there.

If this belief from Heaven be sent,
if such be Nature's holy plan,
have I not reason to lament
what man has made of man?


Monday, March 11, 2013

Missing Summer

There's always excitement
(and some extra sleep)
when we see the announcement
that school is cancelled.
Yet it's early March.
Almost spring!
So on another snow day here in Iowa,
I'm really missing summer and the flowers
we grow in our garden.
Hollyhocks and using "found" objects
in the garden are amongst my
favorite things of summer.


Friday, March 8, 2013

Stone Arched Wall

"Hey!" 
I went on taking photos,
not realizing the voice was directed at me.
"Hey!"
This time I looked.
There stood a state police officer,
glaring at me. I was mortified.
"What do you think you're doing?"
I quickly explained I was just taking some photos.
He quickly yelled that I was just trespassing.
I left quickly, apologizing left and right.
Ooooooops.
I'm a good, law-abiding citizen most
of the time. I just didn't notice
the "no trespassing" signs.



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