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Lines From Upstream - November/December 2014

Nov 17, 2014 01:23PM ● Published by Erik Dittmann

By: Scott Schmidt


It started as a gravel pit

   On the Highway across from the Dump

The Farm of Grandma and Grandpa Schmidt

   Where everything’s luscious and plump

 

The gravel pit bloomed to a garden

   They added a barn and some sheds

Chickens and pigs, put a yard in,

   And seven more little Schmidt heads

 

A fine house built by Grandpa’s hands

   A fertile garden sown

Grandma and Grandpa tend the land

   And love the home they’ve grown

 

Grandpa in bibs with a hammer

   Fixing and making repairs

Chickens squawking a clamor

   He goes back in the house to his chair

 

Grandma in jeans and a jacket

   Her scarf tied under her chin

Ducks and geese join in the racket

   Emma the dog chiming in

  

A wood cook-stove in the kitchen

   Bakes cookies and biscuits and bread

Fries hamburgers, pork chops, and chicken

   Or just warms the house up instead

 

Homemade sausage, Homemade bread

   Homemade wine and cheese

It’s better made from scratch, it’s said

   So wonderful Grandma agrees

 

Woods and yard a playground

   For Grandchildren, puppies, and friends

Who swing and sled and hang around

   Or do chores if Grandpa recommends

 

Feel welcome, you’re always invited

  To stop for a chat or a treat

Fresh butter, fresh bread, be delighted

   Fresh honey makes everything sweet

 

At Grandma and Grandpa’s Utopia

   Everyone feels they belong

A twenty-acre Cornucopia

   Filled with food, love, laughter, and song

 

That little twenty-acre farm

   On the Highway across from the Dump

Reaps love, harvests charm

   Grows everything luscious and plump

     

 

                                        

 

 

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