I am cuddled up under a feather-tick comforter, waking
up to the crowing of a rooster and the smell of fresh baked bread.

I am a little girl in bib overalls, hair in pigtails, walking into the barn,
watching kittens lapping milk, Holsteins swishing tails, and hearing
the horses gently snorting air through their nostrils.

I am priming the water pump, hearing the squeak, squeak of the handle, bending down and peering into the spout, delighted when water appears, first a trickle and then a gush.

I am walking through the barnyard, listening to a chorus of pigs oinking, chickens clucking, and cows mooing.
I am waving to Grampa who I see out in the field behind the plow.

I am stopping for a ride on my tire swing, rotating my feet until the rope is taut, lifting my feet off the ground and spinning wildly.

I am strolling through the orchard anticipating the harvest of apples and cherries.
I am walking past the front porch lined with lace curtains drying on stretchers.
I am stopping to sit a moment at the edge of the pond, delighted to see a gold fish peeking around a lily pad.

I am going into the cellar, a special place, with potatoes and carrots in the bins, sauerkraut curing in a crock, fruit jars on the shelf making a rainbow of color.

I am playing Chinese checkers with grandma, the aroma of tea brewing on the potbelly stove, the end of a perfect day.



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6 thoughts on “POETRY

  1. Hello, Rose; Thank you for sending me a copy of your book. I read it in two sessions, and liked it very much. Thank you for sharing your compelling story with us. I like the look of your book, too; and am glad to know of the publishing house that created it for you. I had a nightmare (including being censored!) with the first publisher I worked with (Xlibris); so for my second book, I worked with CreateSpace (part of Amazon). I will follow you, now that I know of you, and look forward to reading more of your work. Thank you again for writing your amazing story of all seven of you! What an accomplishment all of you reached in your lives! I love all of the Wisconsin authors who have experienced such diversification. I’m proud to say that I am also a Wisconsinite, even though I live in Illinois now. My heart is still up there.


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