Joy

Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge #106 Sing/Flower

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Photo Credit -Clarence Holm

Blossoming flowers
Allow us to sing along
To soft petal chords

Then dance with beauty’s spirit
And savor earth’s time of joy

-Clarence Holm

https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2016/07/18/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-106-singflower/

 

Another Storm

My neighbors tree that landed on my pig barn.

My neighbor’s tree that landed on my barn.

It has been a tough year for farmers near O-Towns. There have been a number of storms with high winds (40-60 mph) and heavy rains (4-5 inch downpours). In the last month, I have counted 5 of these storms. Yesterday morning rain and high winds struck again, bringing down one of my neighbor’s huge ash trees onto my goat barn.
There doesn’t appear to be much damage to my little barn but there is a lot of trees to remove.
I guess I didn’t realize how much chainsaw work I was in for when I moved to this farm. I should have had an inkling of the potential winds of the area when I noticed all the wind farms dotting the horizon.
O-Towns, it turns out, is right on the edge of the Buffalo Ridge. The geography of the area features a glacial drift left over from the last ice age. Because of the higher altitudes of this massive pile of rocks and constant wind speeds, this portion of the prairie is ideal for generating alternative energy with wind farms.
I am definitely going to check out the feasibility of having a smaller wind generator on my property.

Rainstorm Reverie

Gray skies are just clouds passing over.
-Duke Ellington

Beyond The Sunset Original Acrylic Artwork By Stuart Glazer* http://www.stuartglazer.com

Beyond The Sunset
Original Acrylic Artwork By Stuart Glazer*
http://www.stuartglazer.com

Listen to the thunder
Carried on endless sky
Echoing distant drum beats
Of a timpani’s rumbling cry.

A backlit edge of heaven
Charged by wind and rain
Nature’s dancing rhythm
That refused to be restrained.

A pillow is my refuge
As the storm rattles and blows.
Rain strikes the window
As I hide behind my throws.

I crave tomorrow’s sunshine
Forecasters promised me.
A day washed clean of worries
To share with family.

-Clarence Holm

Community Spirit

My wife and I have been at our new home in Ormsby, MN,  population 131) and its’ sister city, located 2 miles away, Odin, population 106. (From here on I will refer to them as “O-Towns”) for about three weeks now

“O-Towns” are classic examples of rural mid-western communities. They both have a declining and aging populations due to the changing agricultural market. Small family farms are disappearing as properties get snapped up by the larger farms that can afford the newer (and much more expensive) farming equipment. Unfortunately, these losses of farm employment opportunities have not been replaced by other means of employment that would keep younger people in the community.

This population exodus results in the loss of the retail support structure- As the population falls, businesses close. For example, grocery stores, coffee shops, barber shops that were traditionally part of rural living have all left “O-Towns”. Obviously, small cities need to replace these services with something and in our area, the answer comes with community involvement. In Odin, that meant a community club that sponsors a subsidized coffee shop/grocery store/bait store. The small business provides the opportunity for the men’s morning coffee/dice game club as well as a place to get needed grocery items like milk, ketchup and Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup (main stays of Minnesota casseroles). It also provides a source of night crawlers for that afternoon of fishing on the small nearby lakes.

In Ormsby, that creative community spirit was brought home to me when we saw our 98-year-old neighbor on the street, pushing her stroller home one morning. She explained to us that she was just coming from her weekly morning coffee/women’s workout group held at the local tavern. The tavern is normally open from 12:00 to 9:00 P.M. five days a week, so there is plenty of opportunity for cross-purposing the space.

While the people of this area are naturally a very independent group, it’s apparent that individuals realize that interdependence is imperative. Cross utilization of resources is important, as well as having a willingness to take part in group opportunities. Yesterday we took part in city carnival in a neighboring town that featured a community lunch booth that featured a meal that included a pulled pork sandwich, chips, baked beans and a can of soda for $6.00. Afterward, we spent the afternoon playing church bingo for .25 cents a card, offering a chance for a shared payout of five to six dollars.

While we still are settling in from our move, my wife and I are already getting to know our neighbors and beginning to love rural small town living.

Night Dancer

Stuart Glazer painting combined with Ronovan’s Haiku Challenge words 104 of “Dazzle & Sky”

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Solitary Dancing – Original Acrylic Artwork By Stuart Glazer http://www.stuartglazer.com

Dazzled and dizzy
I tumbled from the night sky
released from a dream

Mind too clouded to perceive
What heaven revealed to me

-Clarence Holm

https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2016/07/04/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-104-dazzlesky/

Midsummer Night

Ronovan’s  Haiku Challenge using Dazzle and Sky

image courtesy quotesgram.com

image courtesy quotesgram.com

Soundless screams of joy
Fireflies dazzle in the sky
-Summertime charmers

Nature’s lantern, twinkling star
floating spotlight -summer’s light

-Clarence Holm

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