struggle is real

An etheree poem with 10 lines of increasing syllables.This is also a quadrille of 44 words, including the word “fire”. Read more at d’Verse Poets pub



hard pressed

fire’s hot test

find release valve

to manage pressure

start to count love’s good gifts

name all that makes you grateful

hold joy in life’s little moments

live each day with enthusiasm

clinging to hope, you will not crash and burn


It’s calving time on the farm and our manager/son had an emergency appendectomy so he’s laid up for a month. The rest of us are working hard trying to cover for his absence! 

10 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Margaret Elizabeth Bednar
    Mar 14, 2018 @ 15:37:58

    One step at a time 🙂


  2. D. Avery @shiftnshake
    Mar 13, 2018 @ 17:20:57

    Nice. You found the release valve.


  3. Victoria C. Slotto
    Mar 13, 2018 @ 17:12:45

    Yes, I can feel the build up of pressure without his strong hands to help with calving, but you know and apply the antidote! Gratitude that he is on the mend.


  4. Janice
    Mar 13, 2018 @ 16:00:34

    Poetry under pressure 🙂 I trust your son will heal well given time…and hope you manage to wade through all the work without him!


  5. Frank Hubeny
    Mar 13, 2018 @ 14:51:53

    It’s a good practice to “name all that makes you grateful”.


  6. whimsygizmo
    Mar 13, 2018 @ 12:31:37

    Wonderful. I love the way this builds, in both message and form.


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