Monday, July 17, 2017



Desiree's haiku last Friday referred to something I did not recognize:

Peek out my window
Serviceberry is blooming
The shad are running!

Shad I knew about. Serviceberry, not so much. Apparently, "The serviceberry trees and shrubs (Amelanchier spp.) are members of the Rosaceae family. They are deciduous and found throughout the Northern Hemisphere. They offer four season interest with their beautiful blossoms, pome fruits, autumn leaf colors and bark color in winter." As Desiree notes, the tree blooms when the shad are running, which is a weird measure of time unless you sometimes get out of your house.

Here is what it looks like:

I also loved what the Waco Friend did:

Forty at Grandma's
No one brought food enough
Cousins must rescue.

Mixed some bacon grease
in a peanut butter jar
grabbed some fishin gear.

Out to the bayou
four rigs, six hooks on each rig,
mounted on Y sticks.

Dip each hook in jar;
put rig on sticks in water;
finish fourth rig, AND

Start pulling cat fish
from the first stick and reload.
Fish to feed 40

Return to Grandma's
one hour after leaving, with
fish cleaned and ready

to bread and fry with
hush puppies and potatoes.
Every one ate to full.

Wish I knew today
What Cousin Bobby put in
jar with bacon grease.

Late entry

Phish. Don't understand
The Grateful Dead like appeal
I don't get it, either.
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