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! 

real thanks-living



“give thanks in all things”

thankful in the broken?

yes, even though…


minds may be murky

hearts can feel hurt-full

bodies sometimes besieged


our bleeding relationships

offered as sacrifice on altar

are sweet-smelling fragrance


only in our broken-ness

can we ever become

wise,  humble, healed.


there’s an aching beauty

in a cracked heirloom plate

or a rusty antique tractor


beauty begging to be

restored, renewed

to re-live again


living forever grateful!



(I Thessalonians 5:16-18)