America in the Rearview Mirror #poetry

barn

Our eyes met

for a moment

yours old and scarred

mine wanting to rest on your rough boards

clear lines have blurred

an era’s memories stirred

nature is reclaiming the land

where you proudly stand

change means breaking

splintering you and shaking

that world which you knew

so well

 

The Day of Firsts #poetry #history #dayininfamy

There was a day when I took my first step and I felt so proud and all grown up

I wasn’t looking to the left or to the right and when my bike crashed my face was a fright

That was way back when the sky was blue and babies had daddies who were honest and true

Cars had four on the floor and power to spare and they drove about with little a car

There was one McDonalds for miles around and the only thing they made were burgers a pound

Grandma’s cooking was better, everything made from scratch and the door was never closed certainly never latched

I remember first day my shoes white polished and prayer in school had yet to be abolished

We stood in a line straight and true and pledged allegiance to our country’s red white and blue

Our teachers were kind-hearted they knew every child and when we were misbehaving they never got too riled

We valued telling the truth, doing our best and we always were rewarded by a choice from a treasure chest

But that was back so long ago when the sky was blue and founding fathers were still being true

I giggle now at the girls and our thoughts the first real dance and the nice boys we sought

Plastered down and slick was their hair with a crisp dance card we filled with so much care

The jitter- bug was the real true test and we watched for the couple who danced the very best

It is true those days are over now crumpled, dog- eared and buried some how

But I remember the telling of the first pair of jeans my dad never washed tho they couldn’t stay clean

my grandpa polished daily his first Chevrolet and at eighty he remembered the glories of those days

At six or seven we wide eyed held our breath as the first moon men for humanity took a step

We dreamed and we talked of fast rocket ships of Buck Rogers future galaxy trips

mom and dad would never grow old because science would do something to cure the cold

It is sad those first days are over now and we fly in tin cans that crash but I don’t know how

The breeze still whispers of tyranny’s step but how could they remake it so soon to forget

The chants have broken through it’dark once again and people are remiss to turn from their sins

What glass will be shattered what lives will be lost has the world forgotten the astonishing cost?

But I guess they don’t remember like some of us do the way grandma scrimped and saved for me and for you

She barred the windows offered safety from within  silently they waited praying against “The Bitter End”

She looked with her eyes to the heart of a man and she taught me to love no matter if it was banned

“Stay true to what I taught you though it may go out of style but child God is watching and will carry us the last mile”

For those who went before me I still remember the cost and names forever sunken in Pearl Harbor dearly lost

Today I hitch my arthritis and I carry my grey head I pledge my allegiance to ideals not yet dead

I pledge

 

This poem is shared with Poets United “The Day of Infamy” which we remember on December 7th.  Are we bound to repeat rather than learn from History?

 

 

“No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe that I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make it very certain that this form of treachery shall never again endanger us.

Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory, and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces, with the unbounding determination of our people, we will gain the inevitable triumph — so help us God.”

part of FDR’s speech – he was President once. http://history1900s.about.com/od/franklindroosevelt/a/Day-Of-Infamy-Speech.htm

 

 

Bent Over a Rondeau #atozchallenge #poetry #photography

R

 

That long forgotten old oak tree

bent in abjection’s misery

no longer watered by the farm

planks torn off  the old wooden  barn

an era’s ending not so pretty

*

A place  once full of life and green

where  fledglings flap and  fly  with glee

never a worry of their harm

that long forgotten old oak tree

*

Those young ones  on a climbing spree

no need for old folks  groan nor plea

welcome were gangly legs and arms

faithful to hear us spin our yarns

during games it was always free

that long forgotten old oak tree

 

The Old Barn
The Old Barn

Do you have memories of a faithful climbing tree??

 

The Rondeau named after the French word for “round,”  is characterized by the repeating lines of the  refrain (rentrement), and the two rhyme sounds throughout.

The rondeau’s form is not difficult to recognize; it is composed of fifteen lines, eight to ten syllables each, divided  into a quintet, a quatrain, and a sestet. The rentrement consists of the first few words or the entire first line of the first stanza, and it recurs as the last line of both the second and third stanzas. Two rhymes guide the music of the rondeau, whose rhyme scheme is as follows (R representing the refrain): aabba aabR aabbaR.

Thanks to Poets.Org for the information about the rondeau

Have a try at the rondeau it is a fun form to play with.

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 “Spring has returned. The earth is like a child that knows poems.”

~Rainer Maria Rilke

A2Z-BADGE-000 [2014]

Nowhere #photography challenge #haiku #poetry

There is beauty even in the middle of dirty, dusty nowhere…

There stood a tree

on a long dusty road

nowhere was its name

lone tree

A forlorn homestead

too barren for life to thrive

the land had won

lone house composition

solitary woman

had lost more than she had gained

still beauty survived

jennifers art

The prompt for the word press weekly photo challenge is one shot – two ways. Leave it to a poet to use poetic licence to look from the outside in and the inside out

Photography all © images by L. Moon 2013

The two landscape images were taken with an iphone while driving 60 miles per hour. For such a little camera it gives pretty good resolution.

Ck out some of the great photographic responses to the prompt:

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Laundry Line (Americana Poetry)

My grandparents lived in a “ticky tacky” house in San Francisco when I was a kid. I remember the long cord that went out from the house to the telephone pole. I used to love pulling the cord and making the laundry fly free. I was always surprised that anything would dry in the cold moist S.F. fog.

I pushed you out each morning

pulled you at the end of light

you faithfully held my clothes

thru morning, noon,  and night

***

I let you stand alone at times

you’ve been my faithful friend

my husband’s jeans

the baby’s frock

were fresh because you’d spin

***

But I was sold a bill of goods

a large white metal box

it took up space

saved some time

and noise -there was lots

***

It would change the world

of this I’m certain now

energy has gone sky-high

we weren’t thinking

the day we took you down

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Thanks to my friend Emily

you can see other fine photography at

www.emilywierenga.com

You Stood (Americana Series)

Today my Poetry is posted at One Stop Poetry for Moondustwriter Thursday

Go have a look and please visit my friend Pete Marshall. I owe him a big ONE.

Hope you enjoy this photo by my friend James Bengel

if you are ever looking for some quality photos as gifts I’d ck out his site

*http://mojo1160.redbubble.com/sets/128213/works/5606837-1-the-eyes-have-it

The Family Barn (Americana Series)

You’ve seen many seasons- my friend

there are those who came to you for shelter

others came for food

All knew you were faithful

to stand firm, during a storm

***

you never complained

always held your peace

when families had their squabbles

you endured with quiet strength

***

children were birthed in your wings

old ones withered – died there too

many a story revolves around you

***

now when your life

is fading away

some sigh “all things must end”

you smile – a sad shade of gray

***

others mourn the memories you store

the beauty you possess

will always be remembered

never again will there be

another you!!!

Photo: L Moon (Creative Commons Lic)

Americana: The Old School Bell

Laughter peals of joy

balls bouncing on the playground

the bell rings feet running

time to come in

looking out the window

dreams of

what tomorrow will bring?

child wonders

hoping for  lifetime of new things

echos

of a world gone by

children’s children

listen to the school bell ring

Calling children today

sounding

same tone for tomorrow

take your place

amoung the ranks of students

who answered the call of the bell

Americana Series: “The School Bell” moondustwriter

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