sweat & muscle

Rambling of a Writer prompt (work & horse) in shadorma form (3-5-3-3-7-5). 


 

red horse barn

farmer who lived large

worked his team

draft belgians

cutting hay, riding parade

black and silver tack

 

workhorse

 

In memory of Rus V.Z. and Harold V.K.   (Image from trustworkz.com)

 

 

postcard of barefoot life

Chèvre at Carpe Diem Haiku Kai prompts us to write a “kikobun” (traveling haibun) on “gypsy” theme. Here’s my interpretation!


 

In my dream, I’m captured as a young girl by gypsies while visiting Europe. I leave walking trail to pick wild flowers in wooded area and am taken away by Romani people in a brightly painted wagon pulled by dappled horse. We wander the Van Gogh landscape of hilly vineyards and loose haystacks humped in fields, finding temporary day work for local farmers. Every evening, we circle round the flickering campfire, listening to lively songs and loud stories. I join in the dances, wearing my head scarf, peasant blouse and flowing skirt; barefoot in the dirt. 

 

gold bangle bracelets

gypsy smiles flash in firelight

accordion plays

 

 

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free vintage clip art

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Winter Symphony – Joachim Raff

Carpe Diem Haiku Kai’s December theme, Let the Music Inspire You

 

coverlet of snow

cottontail hides under hedge

sunset paints sky pink

 

bells jingle on horse harness

as white flurries chase sleigh home

European tour: Spain

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

 

magnificent breed

bears supple, elegant, strength

of mother country

 

the accident

Linking to De’s prompt at dVerse on enjambment

(Enjambment occurs when a phrase carries over a line-break without a major pause)

If i remember right,

his grandfather told

story of when

they were filling

barn loft with

hay crop of

rectangular bales in

clutches of six, hung

from clawed

bale hook swung

from hay wagon up, up, up

in-to

loft’s massive open

door,

slide creeeaking toward back of

loft and released with a

jerkkk

when close to position of men stacking

bales (by hand) inside barn.

Metal framed hooks hung from

pulley on cable while entire

mechanism was

operated by horse power;  this day’s

chosen

 beast of burden was

neighbor’s loyal work horse, well-trained to

obey master’s voice commands.

They had un-loaded

a few clutches of hay bales when some-

thing terrible,  when some-

thing went terribly

wrong…

The horse, wearing blinders,

un-expectedly sidestepped, shying

in fear from un-certain threat, whether

dog barked,  kitten scampered, or

barn swallow

swooped,

that horse jumped off path, over low curb of wide

shallow well, covered by light lumber;

the now terrified animal’s weight

broke through

boards…

men watched helplessly as it

f

e

l

l

down  into

the  w

e

l

l

and drowned.