Minnesota Tall Tale

Oles’ White Lutefisk
And The Legend of the Singing Coyotes

A long, long time ago, before the Hudson Bay trappers explored Minnesota’s vast prairie and timber, before all the beaver were driven from the cool valley streams, Minnesota was inhabited by the Dakota Sioux, the Ojibwa, and the Winnebago. For as far as the eagle can see, the grasslands and forest spread across the prairie, providing sustenance for all manner of living creatures. The drums, flutes and rhythmic songs of the ancient tribes echoed in the evening skies, comforting all that wandered through the land, eating and drinking only what was needed from the land of their fathers and their father’s fathers.

On this day walked Ole with his cow and wooden cart, squeaking and squawking, wandering about. Past deer trails and river beds, he sang as he strolled, of his memories, his daydreams, his life on this road.

Ya sure, you betcha
I’ve come a long, long way
Cross the sea I sailed…
Uff-da Norway’s so far, far away!
Sweet land of brown bread
Where lutefisk’s served
A gift for the senses
Homes’ aroma preserved
Here the rivers are deep
The valley’s so wide
Don’tcha know day after day
My song is my guide
Ya sure, you betcha
I’ve come a long, long way
Cross the sea I sailed…
Uff-da Norway’s so far, far away!

To be continued…

©2020 cj holm

Warrior’s Death

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Paintings from Norse mythology Peter Nicolai Arbo, Valkyrie’s Death Oil on canvas 1880

Hero’s tears tumble
on lips pursed in dying breath
-life’s struggle over

noble effort undertook
cost of honor bravely paid

                                        -cj holm

Colleen’s Weekly Poetry Challenge #103 – 10/1/2018 Fall & Try – Synonyms Only

Per Colleen’s Tanka Challenge, I chose tumble and struggle as my synonyms for fall & try

(Tanka Form 5-7-5 7-7)

join-us-every-tuesday

https://colleenchesebro.com/2018/10/01/colleens-tanka-tuesday-poetry-challenge-recap-no-103-fall-try-synonymsonly/

Ronovan’s Challenge #71 Cover Color

"Shades of Grey" Original Acrylic Artwork By Stuart Glazer www.stuartglazer.com

“Shades of Grey”
Original Acrylic Artwork By Stuart Glazer
http://www.stuartglazer.com

1)
grey covers my soul
when winters edge slices through
last colors of fall

2)
Mocking Jays cover-
rebellions call to alarm
changes color scene

3)
in endless cover
Gnowee colors the night sky
ceaseless mourning son

4)
shifting sound color
turns night’s darkness into sight
when fear seeks cover

5)
culture of cover
kept race in lines of color
protest lives matters

-Clarence Holm

https://ronovanwrites.wordpress.com/2015/11/16/ronovanwrites-weekly-haiku-poetry-prompt-challenge-71-covercolor/