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Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Busy Bee...that's ME!

Oh yes! I have been very, very busy...

On the hook-- a zig zag afghan I have been commissioned to make.

On the sewing machine-- just finished a quilt for my friend's first grandson. Nine patch scrappy quilt with a cartoon bird back and low loft poly bat.

In the kitchen-- I made butter! If I had known it was that easy I would have been making butter years ago!
(1 pint heavy whipping cream, beat until it separates into curds and whey with hand mixer on low, pour off liquid, knead and rinse in cool water until water runs clear, blend in 1/2 teaspoon salt)

On paper-- A poem (growing things prompt) "Weeds" and two poems for an event in July and August.  "Seduction" and "Love Poem."


The weeds have grown tall in the back yard
The wind and the rain
Have planted seed deep and reaching
There once was grass
I suppose
Before we moved in
But for us the earth has granted dirt
And weeds
Thigh-high now
As spring emerges from sleep
The weeds have grown tall in the back yard
I track the rustle of green fronds
My dog is like a lion
On the prowl in the deep underbrush
Of the African tundra
He’s looking for a place to pee
Or sleep
Maybe he’s lost in there and is just
Trying to get back to the house
The weeds have grown tall in the back yard
My husband will wince from his armchair
Requests turn to nagging
The children suffer cabin fever 
They stand at the window long-faced
Staring wide-eyed and open-mouthed
They want to go
But they are afraid
Angry, thick, sticky stems
Furry leaves and foul smelling flowers
Engulf half of the see-saw
and the dismount of the slide
The weeds have grown tall in the back yard
Avoidance is one answer
While waiting for the dry heat of summer
When we will preserve water
And watch the struggle
The ultimate demise
Of each leaf and spine and tangled mass
Giving way to 
Little round stickers
Implanting themselves in socks
And the dog’s fur

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