Nothing Flows for Free #californiadrought #poetry

three rivers canvas

I grew up on a river

 no longer does it  flow

 like so much else

where it’s  gone

no one knows

I cut my teeth on a river

ran freely to the sea

blind men’s bluff

was once a game

I’m cynical can’t you see

I tossed my sorrows on the river

actually there are three

well there were

man used them up

nothing flows for free

I grew up on a river

 no longer does it flow

 like so much else

where it’s  gone

nobody knows…

central valley water

price of water

Photographs: Three Rivers when they flowed in California, Year three of a five year drought, Year four of the five year drought (yes there is still water but  independent farmers (and dairymen) cant get it unless you are lining the pockets of …)

The prompt at Poet’s United Midweek Motif is Watershed Moments. We all have them what are yours?


All the Leaves are Brown #californiadrought #watershortage

central valley water

days of drought
catch the rain in a jar
each drop precious


price of admission

turn fresh produce into weeds

highest bidder

I continue to read ridiculous reports of fights for water in California. I drive through the Central Valley and see new vineyards cropping up and the dairy industry, walnut, almond, pistachio orchards along with fresh produce (that supply a nation) are being killed. A nation’s stupidity cannot feed her people.

Everything has a Price #water #ag #california #poetry

Comrades come and gather round

we have found water

in your thirsty ground

precious as it is to you

we will sell it back

it’s true

grow your crops

or let them die

what is it to us

if hungry children cry


Pictures speak 1000 words. These pictures are within miles of each other in California’s Central Valley.

You guessed it the beautiful water filled canal supplies water to the corporate farm.

The independent farms (family owned ) are left to go back to scrub brush.

Fracking is not helping the problem!

No Harvest This Year #california #drought #haiku

John Deere
John Deere

out to pasture

headed for the city

furrows of weeds

fallfarms bothofs2
A normal year with water

cattle and corn

crops on the horizon

a good year

The prompt for Carpe Diem “Harvest Dusk” brought a tear to my eye. The harvest season is upon us but there are only weeds to harvest. If you haven’t heard, California has not only had a drought but the government has mismanaged water allocations so agriculture was allowed to return to weeds and sagebrush aka DESERT.  Friends in Porterville have no water out of the tap.

The good news – your grocery bills will be higher this fall!!!


Things of the Past #agriculture #dpchallenge #drought


oiled plows

turned the ground

anticipating harvest

 Once full of life

wheat fields clapped their hands

cattle gossiped in the stalls

tractors slowed traffic

we rose before the sun

greeting the day’s challenge

rusty hinges no longer squeak

children no longer milk cows

our food is imported


The prompt for the daily post photo challenge is Relic.


I used to look upon rusty, dilapidated farms as romantic. I anticipated the change of new metal barns and air-conditioned John Deere tractors. While I lived in the agricultural center of California, I never anticipated the return of the land to desert where nothing  grows and a lye/ salt makes it impossible to grow anything but sage brush.  There is an abundance of uncultivated sagebrush land. The United States has been reliant for up to 90 percent  produce (from California) including cotton, citrus, dairy, fruit, vegetables, nuts, grapes…). The land (even with water) cannot be cultivated in a season (or a year.)

Have you noticed where your produce is coming from???

I have no qualms about buying produce from other countries except for the lack of FDA regulation on amount and type of pesticides being utilized.

Please enjoy the Relics produced by others:

photo-challenge-abandoned #haiku #photography #agriculture

busy yesterdays

windmills talking to the sky

today – silent hinges

fallfarms hinge013

Today’s prompt for the photo challenge is Abandoned. I think there is beauty and sadness in the abandoned barns in the Central Valley.

Discover beauty and mystery in these works of photography:

  1. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned | Journeyman
  2. Weekly. Photo Challenge: Abandoned | Journeyman
  3. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned | Stephen Chapman
  4. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned | Ese’ s Voice
  5. My.Vivid.Visions | Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned
  6. Photo Friday: Rhyolite Ghost Town (Nevada) | JGTravels
  7. My.Vivid.Visions | Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned Haveli
  8. Weekly Photo Challenge – Abondoned | Chittle Chattle
  9. New York Abandoned (Weekly Photo Challenge) | Icezine
  10. Beaumont-le-Roger | Empire of Lights
  11. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned | roastbeefandrakija
  12. Abandoned beauty | Crap I Blog About
  13. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned. | The Ambitious Drifter
  14. Photoworld 28-2-14 | ~~~ nur ein “Klick” ~~~ ein Kompendium
  15. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned | Paths Unwritten
  16. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned | The Eclectic Eccentric Shopaholic
  17. Weekly Photo Challenge – Abandoned | Just Snaps
  18. Weekly Photo Challenge : Abandoned | I see beauty all around by rob paine
  19. Abandoned | Hope* the happy hugger
  20. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned | Pa-BLAM!
  21. Weekly Photo Challenge: Denied Access | Under the Monkey Tree
  22. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned | This, that and the other thing
  23. Staying with the Tour Insults My Intelligence | Bumblepuppies
  24. The Friday photo challenges |
  25. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned | castelsarrasin
  26. The abandoned corners of my heart. | The Bohemian Rock Star’s “Untitled Project”
  27. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned | Rooktopia
  28. Offspring of the Abandoned Ones (We Like`em Wild) | janna hill
  29. Spying the ruins | Shayan Lens
  30. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned | Albatz Gallery & Blog
  31. Breakaer | Monochrome
  33. Weekly Writing Challenge – Abandoned – Boy racer got old |
  34. A Specious Blossom | U Be Cute – Follow the child inside of you…
  35. Weekly Photo Challenge – Abandonded « LargeSelf
  36. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned | Wandering Iris
  37. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned | MK photographs
  38. Weekly Photo Challenge -Abandoned | Sonya Lira Photography
  39. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned | Lucid Gypsy
  40. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned | Different Isn’t Wrong, It’s Just Different
  41. Weekly Photo Challenge – Abandoned | Perceptive Pot Clueless Kettle
  42. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned | A mom’s blog
  43. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned | Travel. Garden. Eat.
  44. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned | Northwest Frame of Mind
  45. WPC: Abandoned |
  46. If Video Killed The Radio Star Then Who Killed The Television Star? | Steve Says…
  47. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned (I) | Uncle Spike’s Adventures
  48. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned | Lost in Translation
  49. abandoned or re-visioned? | sarahscapes
  50. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned | My Father’s Garden
  51. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned | Captured With My Phone, iPhoneography
  52. Abandoned: Old Sneakers | Musings of a Soul Eclectic
  53. Weekly Photo Challenge | Abandoned playground & BIG!!! announcement 😉 | IvyMosquito
  54. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned | marthalisek
  55. Weekly Photo Challenge – Abandoned | Lins Doodles
  56. Abandoned « Jag gör världen vackrare
  57. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned | What Is It?!?
  58. Forsaken & Forgotten……. | The Urge To Wander
  59. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned | بيسان
  60. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned | one hundred thousand beats per day
  61. WPC: Abandoned | Nature on the Edge
  62. ABANDONED | Francine In Retirement
  63. Weekly Photo Challenge | Abandoned Mine | PonderTheIrrelevant
  64. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned | Alice through the Macro Lens
  65. Weekly Photo Challenge: Abandoned | paintedwords
  66. WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge ~ Abandoned… | Lakshmi Loves To Shop
  67. weekly photo challenge: abandoned « wise monkeys abroad

Fresh! #agriculture #poetry #photography

They’ve made sunshine artificial

cellophane contains rainforest mist

we tread never ending stairway

all that’s living sorely missed


music tuned on rounds of plastic

nature sneers in futility baulks

nothing here really matters

our food source comes fresh from a box


green is just another color

nothing in the dirt is real

silk are all the flowers blooming

all that swims comes from Mercury’s reel


break a pack it will cool you

smash these gels for your feet

what you hold is meant to fool you

supplement the real de-feat


This is a rant that I wrote after eating pesticide laden veggies from Mexico. The Central Valley in California is more than capable of growing the crops for the nation and yet it is often short-changed by big business and politics in Northern and Southern California. I loved reading this morning (on the box) that my clementines are sprayed with wax or better yet resin. Well they have to be they are shipped from Morocco.

made in mexico

This article California’s Central Valley is about the volume of fresh produce, dairy and meat coming from the under represented  but productive area in California..

Conflicted #poetry #photography

I stand in a wedge of conflict

between the familiar now old 

white washed plastic

new and cold


I behold a world

slipping away

horses, fields

tractors  only on display

The cavernous barns

where we once climbed

are now derelict

  broken, gray in decline


a world that was wild

once free and grand

is caught up in bargains

fenced in land


 senses  affronted

as I cross the highway of life

buildings emblazoned with red circles

Flashing lights blind my sight


Go!  turn your backs

on the world of old charm

give up expansive  fields 

 embrace plastic, metal, car alarms


I am posting this poem today with Poetry Pantry where poets get to share old and new poetry.

This poem was originally posted in July 2010. I did a little restructuring but I hope  the conflict between an old more stable world versus a more static plastic world is still conveyed.

Celebrate the Harvest Moon (Meigetsu) #haiku #poetry


golden face glow

life stirs beneath your smile

ready for harvest


celebrate harvest

kids laughter in hay wagon

stew on the fire


We lived in an agricultural area for years.

How fun to celebrate the end of harvest by a bonfire of cornstalks and walnut limbs while the kids went on a moonlight ride.

Celebrate the Harvest Moon (Meigetsu) courtesy of Carpe Diem

Thanks to Briarcroft for the photo of the bonfire 

Anticipating spring #haiku #poetry #agriculture

Spring paddy fields

Green you await me

flourishing with spring’s new life

like a blushing bride


like a blushing bride

you anticipate new growth

a new fertile year


a new fertile year

smiles full of gratitude

inhaling life

The beauty of green paddy fields, the anticipation of a good year even  before the planting has begun. Thanks to Kristjaan at ChevresFeuilles for today’s Carpe Diem Prompt

Faith & Entropy

Gud skaper noko nytt ved sitt Ord og sin Ande, vi kan ta imot det i tru og få oppleve at han gjer sitt verk med oss. Hans skaparkraft verkar konstuktivt i våre liv og skaper noko som er verdifullt for oss. Naturkreftene verkar nedebrytande, i fylgje entropilova, men Gud er Ånd og det som er født av hans Ande består. Jesu frelsesverk er fullbrakt og fullkome. Han er den siste Adam, som er ifrå himmelen og som for oss har vorte ei livgjevande ånd. Han gjev oss den Heilage Ande frå himmelen av berre nåde. Han gjev oss det evige livet.


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