Fall & Winter Verse

Another old post with a new twist. It seems like a poetry kind of day.

Poetry. Thoughts that travel from the head through the heart and out through the fingers to become words on paper.

The Road Not Taken
By Robert Frost

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

I’m keeping it simple and unsophisticated today. Sometimes it is a good thing to see the old stories and the old poems.  This one reminds me of my family, and those who I see now only in my mind’s eye.

Please share your thoughts, and your favorite poetry.

 

Thanksgiving by Edgar Albert Guest

Gettin’ together to smile an’ rejoice,
An’ eatin’ an’ laughin’ with folks of your choice;
An’ kissin’ the girls an’ declarin’ that they
Are growin’ more beautiful day after day;
Chattin’ an’ braggin’ a bit with the men,
Buildin’ the old family circle again;
Livin’ the wholesome an’ old-fashioned cheer,
Just for awhile at the end of the year.

Greetings fly fast as we crowd through the door
And under the old roof we gather once more
Just as we did when the youngsters were small;
Mother’s a little bit grayer, that’s all.
Father’s a little bit older, but still
Ready to romp an’ to laugh with a will.

Here we are back at the table again
Tellin’ our stories as women an’ men.
Bowed are our heads for a moment in prayer;
Oh, but we’re grateful an’ glad to be there.
Home from the east land an’ home from the west,
Home with the folks that are dearest an’ best.
Out of the sham of the cities afar
We’ve come for a time to be just what we are.

Here we can talk of ourselves an’ be frank,
Forgettin’ position an’ station an’ rank.
Give me the end of the year an’ its fun
When most of the plannin’ an’ toilin’ is done;
Bring all the wanderers home to the nest,
Let me sit down with the ones I love best,
Hear the old voices still ringin’ with song,
See the old faces unblemished by wrong,
See the old table with all of its chairs
An’ I’ll put soul in my Thanksgivin’ prayers.

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 This one was written by my mother.  It’s not a masterpiece either, but means a lot to me.

Grandma and Tom

Days On The Farm
The garden is dying, all weedy and brown
Dotted with pumpkins and squash on the ground.
The birds on the wind are honking goodbye;
I watch them in silence and heave a big sigh,
To mourn for the passing of summer’s last cry.
God gave us this beauty, for soon we will know
The grimness of winter and new fallen snow.

God, please give us one more time
To see things grow,
To be on the farm
That we all love so.

Let loved ones come
Both young and old
Just one more time
Before it is sold.

Just one more season
Of early morns
When bird songs
Herald a new day born.

Walking the pathways
Thinking our thoughts
Praising the Lord
For all He has wrought.

Young people laughing
Under the tree
Bout what we can’t share,
Contented and free.

Raspberry picking
Strawberries too,
Hot in the sun
For our young and old crew.

Home to the kitchen
For lunch and a drink
It is good to be home
And just sit and think.

Busy in the kitchen
Cooking a meal;
Stuff from the garden,
And baking with zeal.

O God, in your mercy
Let us once more
Walk that dear earth
As we’ve done before.

The world is a clamor
A noise and a shout,
But here it is quiet,
Your world all about.

We thank you our Father
For your tender care.
For giving the strength
To work, aches to bear.

One day at a time
So special and dear
We count every hour
They are precious this year.

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Written in the fall of 1979, the year my Aunt Anna died. My mother, daughter, aunt, and cousin stayed with her at the family farm every summer for several years. This is where my mother and her siblings were born, where her father worked the land.

They had one more year, then the farm was sold, and all of my Aunt Anna’s things too. My mother and Aunt Verna went out and locked the door; it was a sad year.

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7 Responses to Fall & Winter Verse

  1. nyetneetot says:

    The Fall Beating – by Nyet.

    I found a little leaf
    I put it in my pocket
    After mother hung the wash
    I got beat.

    Liked by 2 people

  2. Menagerie says:

    My father’s family farm was sold when his parents were old. They tell me that my grandmother had wanted to move to town for awhile, but I think Grandpa was probably not happy. So much was sacrificed to homestead and build the place. I am very sorry it isn’t still in our family, even though I have never even lived near Kansas.

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    • stella says:

      We are fortunate that the girl next door married and they bought the old farm. They have tremendously improved both the house and the grounds, and we have stayed in contact with her and her brother.

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  3. Lburg says:

    Your mom’s poem is indeed a masterpiece. It spoke loudly to me and I immediately felt her connectedness to and love of the farm. These two verses were particularly poignant – I will be selling my mom’s house in the spring and every day I see things that I know I will dearly miss.

    God, please give us one more time
    To see things grow,
    To be on the farm
    That we all love so.

    Let loved ones come
    Both young and old
    Just one more time
    Before it is sold.

    It’s not just about the place; bricks and mortar are just bricks and mortar. It’s about the annual growth, whether it’s weeds of pumpkins. It’s about the seasonality of life when one is paying attention. Mostly though, it’s about young and old gathering in a memory filled sanctuary of love.

    Thank you for sharing this.

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  4. jeans2nd says:

    o/t, to stay out of the open thread
    poetry to me, tho
    ma imaginary friendz r back
    Demonoid Hopes to Return to Its Former Glory
    https://torrentfreak.com/demonoid-hopes-to-return-to-its-former-glory-170910/
    contrary to the name, we really are the good guys (read the article)
    all will be safer now

    days on the farm is the best, imo. wordsmithing like that is an awesome gift. thank you, stella. really do miss the fam farm in neola.

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  5. jeans2nd says:

    Ran across these while wandering and thought of you all here.
    Technically is poetry, of a kind. Poetry, like writing a masterpiece of fiction, or even a uniquely interesting blog, is a gift not given to many, imo.

    Elemental Haiku
    A review of the Periodic Table composed of 119 science haiku, one for each element, plus a closing haiku for element 119 (not yet synthesized). The haiku encompass astronomy, biology, chemistry, history, physics, and a bit of whimsical flair. Click or hover over an element on the Periodic Table to read the haiku. Share these poems and add your own on Twitter with hashtag #ChemHaiku.
    http://vis.sciencemag.org/chemhaiku/

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