When we went down to the barn to feed this morning, Brett found the pasture gate wide open and Flash grazing on the slope. The donkeys, thankfully, were in their stalls where it was dry. When they get out, it is a pain in the neck convincing them that they need to go back to the pasture. Leading donkeys? Not an easy task. Even the miniature ones. They are opinionated little beasties. Winston and Jackson were in the barn watching, with envy, while Flash grazed outside. Brett must not have fully latched the gate yesterday evening when he got home from a group trail ride.
That's the extent of the excitement here on a windy rainy day.
Yesterday, I spent some time in the greenhouse sitting in my red chair. I was trying to write a poem. I follow a poetry professor that I greatly admire and love the challenges, or prompts, she gives us. Sometimes the prompts involve a poetry form (sonnet, haiku) or a subject or a method of building the poem. The most recent one was to take Carl Sandburg's poem Chicago and write our own poem, using his form, about a place we know well. I wrote about our community -- most of the other followers wrote about big cities: Philidelphia, Las Vegas, New York. But I've never lived in a big city although I did work in LA for a few years. I can't say I know one intimately enough to write about it. She encouraged me to go for it anyway. And, voila! - here it is. (I don't normally share my poetry on this blog, but it is about Aspen Meadows and its a rainy day so I thought I'd make an exception).
Copy-Change A City: Rancho Capistrano
Ancient Indian settlement, rural, remote
Home to ranchers, gardeners and retirees.
Rabbits, squirrels, raccoons.
Community of Workers
They tell me you are wild and I believe them, for I
have seen your bobcats and coyotes walking the roads;
your rattlesnakes golden brown gliding in the grass.
And they tell me you are strong and I say: Yes, with
the strength of ancient oaks rooted deep in the dry earth
and mesquite bent by the wind.
And they tell me you are eccentric and my reply is: I have seen
the residents fight like cats against conformity. I have seen
teepees and a Statue of Liberty.
And having lived on a dirt road, recently paved, I say
keep your suburbs and neatly manicured lawns.
Come and show me another place with desert heat, coastal fog and mountain frost
that scrapes out beauty and fights against boundaries.
Joining forces to clear the brush and fight the
wildfires; here are people braced together
against the Santa Anas blowing fierce in the fall.
Scrappy as the sage clinging to the hills, thirsty
as the dry arroyos waiting for rain.
Building, clearing, mending.
Under the sapphire sky, dirt in his jeans, working with
Under the blazing sun working as a rancher
Working even as wild oat grass reclaims
the empty lots,
Sweating and working that under his shirt is the heart,
and under his hat the determination of the people,
Working the cottonwood studded land, carving a home
for ranchers, gardeners and retirees
in the rural, remote ancient Indian settlement.