farming is NO fairytale

Yep, farming seems to be drought or deluge, feast or famine:)  I’m joining dVerse and enthusiasticallydawn this week…


city folk dream of scenes bucolic
but real country life is workaholic;

daily working up a sweat,
yearly diving into debt.

in late spring, rain will not stop
by early fall, drought hurts the crop.

all summer long, hot south wind blows;
dark thunderstorms spawn tornados.

aphids, root worm, corn borer, blight
present fresh pestilence to fight.

chemicals that kill noxious weeds
may drift on flowers and honeybees.

chickens like to roam range free
till raccoons binge on killing spree.

an older bull, he could go lame
a younger bull might miss his game.

wonder when grain prices raise?
after contract’s selling days.

though farming’s not an easy life,
i’m glad to be my farmer’s wife.

“country hicks” are labels pearled;
remember, farmers feed the world!


re-treat to shade

dog day afternoon

lying on back in cool grass

heady with clover

soap opera


I love it when hubby does laundry…as long as he doesn’t do mine  ;)


scrub, dub, tubby time

An “American sentence” is simplicity in seventeen syllables 😉


Grandsons playing outside on farm all day make us grateful for water!

(photo credit: pennye-vanny)

pond(ering) pageantry

Painters and poets learn by “copying” (imitating style of) the masters!


mandarin duck –
rain falls silently
from an oak

© Yosa Buson (1716-1783)

mandarin ducks glide

silent in feathered beauty

watercolor  rain

c) lynn__


Photo / inspiration from Carpe Diem Haiku Kai 

must be her orange hair

Join Victoria at dVerse poets’ pub as she interviews one of our founders, Claudia, and challenges us to write a sevenling! 


Painting by Claudia Schoenfeld, used by permission.


invite friends from upstairs

mix chill drinks with a flair

offer fresh dijon pears

how she tickles the keys

recites free verse with ease

painting art on a breeze


while her deaf dog sleeps soundly under the chair.


savor the journey

each of us

chooses our own

pace on this

journey of life


some people rush by in a frantic hurry to get ahead of the rest


the poets



start and stop,




the weed that


in the




Grace interviews one of dVerse Poets  founders, Brian Miller, and offers quadrille prompt on word, “journey”. nbsp;

Can you spare a sparrow?

"Are not two sparrows sold for a cent? And yet not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows." Matt. 10:29-31


Sparrows are ordinary little birds, the original “twitters that tweet”.  Plain brown-feathered avians with a bit of white highlights and black detailing on wings and tail.  A stout body and strong beak complete the miniature musical package.  Even the sparrow’s song is rather ordinary. Though they may be common, they are cheery creatures and accustomed to people, making them pleasant companions. Watching sparrow couples mate on clothesline (a frantic series of quick flits) and later tend nestlings in birdhouse or seeing a small flock splash in garden birdbath provides cheap (cheep) window entertainment.  Sparrows are equally at home in the big city, hopping along sidewalks and chirping in bushes.


fresh oatmeal cookie

nibbled at sidewalk cafe

sparrow eyeballs crumbs


This haibun is my writing for Day 2: Exploring the Ordinary as part of  “21 Days of Journaling in July” at  


European tour: Portugal

Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai wraps up virtual tour of Europe.


ocean waves lap shore

dig toes into warm wet sand

soak in sunshine coast



(photo credit: CDHK)

European tour: Poland

Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai hosts virtual tour of Europe this month.

Indian Summer

autumn’s mirrored feast

wood smoke reveals trees true hues

kielbasa spices

(photo credit: CDHK)

European tour: Austria

Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai hosts virtual tour of Europe this month.


clear water ripples

alpine meadow grasses sway

music of mountains


Austrian nature 1

(photo credit: CDHK)

European tour: Malta

Chèvrefeuille at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai hosts virtual tour of Europe this month.


find peace after storm

missionaries and martyrs

reach their safe harbor


Malta nature 1

(photo credit: CDHK)

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