My Poem for Sensational Haiku Wednesday and another for Poetry Jam are at the bottom of this post
Tannenbaum Historical Park is located in Greensboro, NC and is the site of Joseph Hoskins farm settled as early as 1781. Hoskin's Pennsylvania farm (near Valley Forge) and family had been devastated by the Revolutionary War. He relocated his family to a remote area in North Carolina and cleared the land for harvesting crops and warded off occasional threats from the Cherokee. By 1781 he had 150 acres with fields, gardens and split rail zigzag fences. It was a foggy morning and I think it lends a bit of nostalgia to the photos which is appropriate for this setting.
This peace was disturbed by the American and British armies as they swept through and eventually engaged in direct battle Haskin's farmland - he just couldn't get away from the fighting! The above foreground building is a relocated tobacco barn and is set up as an early American kitchen. The photo below is the Hoskin's house constructed between 1811-1813 and it was lived in until 1925.
Today, people walk and jog along this and the Guilford Courthouse National Military Park which are connected.
These barn images, specifically the last one, are for "Barn Charm #69". This is called a double pen barn.
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Below is my poem for "Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - Personal Challenge 7" If you want the details, please click on link. Basically a series of haiku, (no less than 3, no more than 7) These are not traditional haiku, I'm sure, but I tried to hint at a season in all but one as I think that element is supposed to be there... I'm not sure. These "haiku", I'm sure, are non-traditional. I don't think one is supposed to put a title to a Haiku either, but I did ;)
I also linked the poem up with "dVerse - Open Link Night"
The Battlefield at Hoskin's Farm
reminiscent of spilt blood
of life, sacrificed
Silent sounds linger
float, upon thick morning's mist
of life, hovering
Milking seats, wheels, troughs
idle, harvesting cobwebs
of life, remembered
Light of faith, guiding
our presence out of darkness
along forebear's path
by Margaret Bednar, Art Happens 365, January 24, 2012
The last Haiku is specifically linked to "Sensational Haiku Wednesday" and I hope it makes sense in this series of related Haiku's. The prompt is "Silhouette" and I hope I can allude to the word and not have to use it. This photo was taken at the Tannenbaum Historical Park over a year ago, but the sense of history, the sense of those who have come before certainly are felt here, at least by me.
And the following image and poem are for Poetry Jam - topic this week - sensual poems AND Mr. Know-it-All's "Friday Flash 55" - a non-fiction story in 55 words, no more, no less (I will link up Thursday after 8pm)
Sinewy arms, pail laden
I sleepwalk towards the barn.
Nature's morning breath
moistly kissing me awake
from a dream
I'm unwilling to release...
against my flesh
tickle my ear,
upon my tongue
a single tear
joining an ocean of regret.
by Margaret Bednar, Art Happens 365, January 25, 2012