How The House Homesteads


the garden feeding us
laundry on the line
so many kinds of shelter

Another Gift Freely Given


a generous benefactor
the forest’s shade
on a hot summer day

Summer’s Best Friend


take shelter
in the sweet shade
of the dear old tree

The Privileged


we watch
winter’s demanding dramatics
from inside our warm havens

Haven

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shelter in the rhododendron
waiting out winter
alongside flower buds

With

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the better shelter
from the storm
is found with others

Retreat

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cool earth dust baths
in the shelter of shade
chickens get-a-way

In the Shelter Of A Tree

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eavesdropping
on the conversation
between the water and the rain

For Equilibrium

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sit a bit
in the shelter of the shade
and watch the day wander by

Dark Sky

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dormancy depends
on darkness gathering round
the necessary shroud
sheltering inchoate spring

Benevolence


As dusk descends a storm approaches,
celestial light graces the trees
and shelters the shadow of the house.

Blooms with Stone


In the garden everything finds its rightful home
a stone is sheltered by a mass of blooms
and so it should be.

Time

You no longer tell time by new rings.
Now as a beam, you measure time
by the nights and days of shelter you provide,
absorbing laughter and tears into your fibers and history.