pioneer patterns

paddles lean IMG_5429

on fence rails

(perhaps it’s

vice versa?)

logs built cabin

“up north” on

Isle of Pines.


lattice work

skirts porch,

window panes

frame scenery,

rough wood shakes

cover roof above

old plank floors.


sheltering trees

of old forest,

clusters of soft

pine needles,

dark ripples on

peeling bark,

scattered cones.


survival skills

for every season:

gardening, canning,

hauling supplies,

fishing, feeding birds,

chopping firewood,

cutting ice blocks.


preserves on shelf,

deer stew in pot

clothing on hooks,

stacks of wood,

crackle of ham radio,

hiss of teapot steam,

snowshoes by door.


Ms. Dorothy,

sole proprietor,

brews ‘n bottles

her homemade

root beer for

thirsty canoeists

who put ashore.



14 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. The Course of Our Seasons
    Aug 24, 2014 @ 01:24:03

    such a wonderfully descriptive poem – makes me want to paddle down to have a root beer! K


  2. billgncs
    Aug 23, 2014 @ 19:10:51

    one of my little goals in life is to try many different kinds of root-beer, home-made would be a grand find!


  3. Poet Laundry
    Aug 23, 2014 @ 03:09:45

    I love the scenes you paint for us–thank you!


  4. Fly Indie (@Fly_Indie)
    Aug 23, 2014 @ 02:06:12

    Very atmospheric..


  5. Grace
    Aug 23, 2014 @ 00:57:50

    Such a charming country life ~ I really like those preserves and home made root beer ~ Enjoyed your lovely share ~


  6. Sumana Roy
    Aug 22, 2014 @ 17:19:51

    very atmospheric…a wonderful sketch 🙂


  7. georgeplace2013
    Aug 22, 2014 @ 16:25:29

    Sounds rewarding though hard. Lovely picture you’ve painted with your words.


  8. Gay Reiser Cannon
    Aug 22, 2014 @ 13:17:34

    There is such a feel of “summer” here. There is something of the adventure, of something extraordinary steeped in history but also unique. This pattern is mirrored in the layout of your poem and the way we explore it with you. Well done.


  9. Victoria C. Slotto
    Aug 22, 2014 @ 13:02:55

    I can picture this so clearly as my in-laws are in MN and ND. Nice setting that you create in this and a life style well-described too. Hard-working mid-westerners! I married one.


  10. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)
    Aug 22, 2014 @ 12:26:47

    What a wonderful place to visit.. From your first lines I wanted to be in that wood.. (but the harshness of winter is another thing)


  11. Mary
    Aug 22, 2014 @ 12:17:41

    Sounds lovely! I haven’t been anywhere similar to that since childhood. We have ‘up north’ in my state too.


  12. ManicDdaily
    Aug 22, 2014 @ 10:55:50

    Sounds like a difficult life but pretty nice too, lovely cadence. k.


  13. yelena
    Aug 22, 2014 @ 03:05:44

    fantastic, loved to recite it.


  14. bmiller007 (@bmiller007)
    Aug 22, 2014 @ 02:38:03

    oh i wanna try her rootbeer….mm hmmm…ha…i love places like this…the year before i was married i lived in a place similar, a converted hunting shack, wood heat…it was awesome….


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