Bent Over a Rondeau #atozchallenge #poetry #photography



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.


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

~Rainer Maria Rilke

A2Z-BADGE-000 [2014]

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

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.


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