Hillbilly Haiku

The Cult of Pertty

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Gnarly Pertty

We snowshoed up to the Carson Range ridge on Sunday and it was beautiful. It was one of those wonderful Tahoe days of blue skies and warm weather in the middle of winter.

While resting and the girls hamming it up for photos, I saw a tall tree that looked like it was twisted with rheumatoid arthritis. It looked to have been struck by lightning several times. It had branches twisted around each other. It had competing tops from at least two different branches of the trunk.

If measured by symmetry, this tree was about as ugly as they come. If measured by longevity, heartiness, and a will to grow old in splendid dignity, this tree is beautiful… Kind of like a few people I highly respect back home.

Zoom in on the image to see the detail.

Good Eating

Humid midnight walk
frogs leap across old pond path
torch and gig in hands

Sting’s Fields of Gold

Sting’s Fields of Gold has always been a special song for me as it came out right after my Dad died. Then Eva Cassidy covered it about the time my Mom died. It is so melancholic that it takes me back and makes me tear up. Good songs and poetry have that special magic.

I recently took a look at the lyrics again more closely and saw some great Hillbilly Haiku in it. Makes me like it even more now. If that is possible.

I hope Sting won’t mind me re-arranging things a little.

So she took her love
upon the fields of barley
for to gaze awhile

and

Will you stay with me?
among the fields of barley
will you be my love?

and

Many years have passed
we will walk in fields of gold
in the days still left

and

When the west wind moves
upon the fields of barley
you’ll remember me

Beautiful, just beautiful.

Sting is doing a tour with Peter Gabriel called “Rock Paper Scissors” which should be pretty extraordinary.

Got to stop thinking about this song now.

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