Showing posts from June, 2012

Ok, Farmer's Go Next!

I wrote about fishermen and boats, and the ocean's tugging on it's the landlubber's turn.  So I wrote this earlier in the week, or maybe last week.  I had just been up north in Aroostook County in potato land where the tractors had been busy plowing and the potato plants have been busy growing. I wrote and rewrote and deleted and added and started all over when I totally deleted, and finally I think I have what I want.  I tried to keep it short and sweet in somewhat the same format as Tugging of Tides . Tellers of seasons Plows and harrows, Tillers and harvesters Dancing in dirt, Row upon row of Timelined soil. Anchored to acres  Cultivating hopes Harvesting dreams With calloused hands,  Loving  The living land.

Who's Paying Attention?

Sometimes things just amaze me, and I have to remember who's in charge here and who to thank.  And it isn't I... Sunset last night Who's Listening? Are you listening for His voice When faced with doubt and fear? Are you watching for His hand When problems disappear? So easily we take a bow Or thank our lucky stars, When really it's not luck that we've Caught moonbeams in our jars. It isn't we who've done the job, It wasn't on our own; Without the hand of God to hold The victory'd be unknown. Will you give credit where it's due And thank Him for His love, Confessing that it's not of you But by His hand above? He listens for your voice today; And wishes that you'd see The blessings that are given you, Those things that could not be. Donna J.T. Smith 6/22/2012

Tugging of Tides

Tellers of tides Boats in the harbor Nosed in Facing homeward In an ebb tide Tug of war: Moored by land, Pulled by sea; Straining, tugging Heart strings and ropes, A fisherman And his boat. When I watch the boats in the harbor or watch the fishermen getting nets and traps ready on land, I think about the dual lives they lead and the love of both that they have.  To be a fisherman takes a special love of the sea though, where farmers have the love of the land.  My grandfather was a lover of the sea, my husband's grandfather a lover of the land.  Perhaps sometime I will write about the differences and similarities there.  They both...nevermind.  I'm going to write about that another time.  It would have been good for Father's Day, but that's how it goes. This week's Poetry Friday is being hosted by Mary Lee at A Year of Reading . Head on over to read more great poetry today!

Daisy Days

"I'll give you a daisy a day dear..."Remember that song? Sweet. I'm reminded of that as I spy my first daisy of the season. Daisies bring back many memories now that I ponder a bit.  Daisy is the name of a sweet little girl in Peru that I sponsored for years. When I was her age, it was the name of my blue Schwinn bike. It's also the name in a song my friend and I sang in a her backyard..."Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer, do. I'm half crazy over the love of you. It won't be a stylish marriage, I can't afford a carriage, but you'll look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two." We were big into doing shows of any sort back then. My friend and I were having a circus to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy and that was our featured performance. We were really good, I'm pretty sure. It was a "Little Rascals" type affair, with all homespun skills and props. My brothers and sister were enlisted as local ta

Cookie Cutters and Stars

Twinkle, twinkle little star, How I wonder what you are. Up above the world so high; Like a diamond in the sky. Twinkle, twinkle little star, How I wonder what you are! My mother once told me that she imagined that the stars were little pinholes in a big blanket covering the earth, and the light on the other side was shining through them.  I have always had a fascination with stars.  I even took astronomy as an elective in college, thinking it would be the most fascinating course in the world.  It wasn't.  It's nothing like looking at the sky and dreaming.  It's about numbers and elements and drawing circles on a chalkboard with a piece of chalk and a string and about wondering when the spittle was going to form in the corners of the professor's mouth - which it always did before the end of the hour long lecture.  He tried to kill the stars for me, but I managed to hold on to them and resuscitate them. Linda at Teacherdance has a

Fall to Winter Haiku

I know, it isn't fall yet, but Renee LaTulippe challenged me to finish the year of I did. Funny, but I'd already begun pondering the other seasons' dances, so that's all the push I needed! I don't usually publish on Sunday, but I'm just riding in the car and the thoughts all struck me. Fall's quadrille complete, Winter's curtain rises on A snowflake ballet.

Rain, Rain, Go Away

The leaves are inside out, Now what's that all about? It seems without a doubt There are no clouds enroute That carry any clout. We've had rain to end all drought; Enough to make us pout, Mosquitoes soon will sprout In water from downspout. So what's this all about With the leaves all inside out? "No more rain!" I want to shout. "I'm feeling like a trout!"


Thank you Jama for hosting this week's Poetry Friday! A haiku to the start of summer Spring's exuberance Pauses for lazy summer's Waltz of golden fields You know what?  I started to think about this poem off and on all morning after I wrote it, and now I'm thinking I should have done it this way: Spring's jitterbugging Pauses for lazy summer's Waltz of golden fields My first thought was with the word 'exuberance', but after using 'waltz', it seemed to make more sense to use another dance term for spring...and of course, it would have to be 'jitterbug'! What do you think??? SssspppprrrriiiinnnnggggggggnnnniiiirrrrppppsssSSsssuuuummmmeeeerrrr Can you feel it? Do you sense the changeover from spring to summer? Here it starts as the migrating license plates return here to the north after wintering in the south. If you can count three cars "from away" for each Maine plate, it must be summer. If there are f