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Friday, July 20, 2007

Poetry Friday..Hail

Sponsored by Maggie this week : HAIL

Hail The Haiku

farmers don't want it
spells sure disaster for crops
this forecast for hail

pelts down on the corn
damaging all in its wake
it levels the grain

the beans climb no more
the cabbage is all shredded
the pea pods are split

the apples are bruised
but still used for applesauce
there is no crunch left

except in the funds
the farmer no longer has
his time has run out

one more has gone broke
all hail breaks loose at the bank
the loan is called in

Dedicated to all the farmers who have ever lost a whole crop due to a hail storm.

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Blogger Mother of Invention said...

I had some pics but blogger wouldn't allow me to space the haiku properly around them so the words ruled and stand alone. Blogger editor is at times very resistant to change!!

My brother-in-law lost an entire apple orchard due to hail last year. It was so very local, that the farm 2 miles away was untouched. Farmers are at nature's mercy.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Blogger Richard said...

When we went for my brother's wedding a month ago, we got caught in a bit of hail. The kids thought it was pretty neat. If course, those were small corn kernel sized ones - no grapefruits that day.

Sorry to hear about your brother-in-law's crop loss. Last year my apple tree in Montreal didn't have one apple - it had a wonderful Spring bloom, but no apples. And I don't know why. (I am not complaining, it meant I didn't have to pick them out of the lawn).

Friday, July 20, 2007

Blogger twilite said...

Hi MOI! Nice word picture though dismal and dedication to farmers...kind thought.

Sorry you can't download the pictures. How about trying again today on this blog post?

Friday, July 20, 2007

Blogger Nancy Dancehall said...

And it's so heartbreaking to see. I grew up around farms and have watched farmers struggle with many things. But the banks are usually worse than any hailstorm.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Blogger gr said...

all hail breaks loose!
clever turn of phrase

Friday, July 20, 2007

Blogger meno said...

Nice, very nice. I can't imagine the frustration of being so much at the mercy of the weather.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Moi: You should pay more attention to Annelisa's hints on how to do pics and spacing and a myriad of techy stuff! Maybe some day you'll get it!

Richard: Hail IS kind of fascinating as we don't see it regularly.

I love apple blossoms! So fragrant. Would they not be edible? We used to have 7 trees and sell the apples to the local market. There's nothing better than fresh picked from your own tree. Of course, that was in the old days when spraying with DDT was "OKAY"!

Twilite: Thanks...yes, I could do that...was hoping I could figure it out though but to no avail!

Nancy: Yes, it is a very risky business and fraught with many farm accidents. Mt brother-in-law has lost a finger and 3 toes, and had a broken jaw from a bull kicking him!

GR: Thanks..I knew you'd like that one!

Meno: Thanks. Guess fishermen/people? are equally at the mercy of the Weather Gods too.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Anonymous RennyBA said...

What the tragedy - the pics was good but sad to see!

Your dedication poem was a great dedication though - you are so good with words.

The weather is wired. In Scandinavia we've had mostly cold and rainy days the whole July, when it's suppose to be nice and sunny?

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Blogger Jocelyn said...

...which is pretty much every farmer.

Touching poem!

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Anonymous Coll said...

Even though my garden is small.. I tend to worry when I hear a forecast that is predicting hail. I can not even imagine the worry that a farmer must feel with his livelihood at risk.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Blogger Bobealia... said...

Wow, those pictures below of hail are quite amazing (not to the farmers I s'pose). I've seen big chunky hail, but never quite built up like that.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Renny: Thanks! I do love it when you can express your thoughts in a neat format. Your weather has been quite weird! Maybe Aug. will be hot! We're going into another heat wave this week.

Jocelyn: You're right..Thanks! Farmers are all about weather...I love their legendary methods of prediction! Like cats eating grass means rain!

Coll: Yea, the garden and all your work multiplied by 100,00!

Bobealia: Hail is amazing to see. Even the small stone size can do a lot of damage...and to cars too!

Monday, July 23, 2007

Blogger Barbara said...

This is so good. It must be devastating to see everything you've worked for for months destroyed in just minutes.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Barbara: Yes, at least my brother-in-law could sell his apples for applesauce.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Blogger Maggie said...

Oh I really liked 'all hail breaks loose' excellent play on words. I enjoyed your haiku. I don't write them much as they intimidate me, I am impressed.

Monday, July 23, 2007

Blogger Diana said...

Excellent haikus. I love them because of the rich images brought on by the spare words.

I'm sorry to hear of your brother-in-law's orchard. You think of trees as being able to weather something like that, unlike corn. Guess not.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Blogger Mother of Invention said...

Maggie: Thanks so much, Maggie! And I think the villanelles you can do are impossible for me.

Diana: Thanks! You are Haiku Queen too!

Well, the tender fruit, like apples, peaches, pears, plums and cherries are easily damaged.

Tuesday, July 24, 2007


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