Iowa Morning

Septuagenarian farmer sows seed.
His eyes shine brightly
imagining possibilities.
One last bumper crop
then winter’s rest.

Pinning percale sheets on line,
she turns to stare across the fields,
proud of him, their land, their children.
Inside clapboard farmhouse
baking bread wafts yeasty scent.

Written for Quadrille Monday at dVerse, the virtual pub for poets around the globe. De is hosting and asks us to literally ponder possibilities. Key word to use in our exactly 44 word poem (sans title) is “possible” or a form of the word. Photo from

30 thoughts on “Iowa Morning

  1. sanaarizvi November 16, 2020 / 2:20 pm

    This is gorgeously worded, Lillian 😀 I can sense the inner satisfaction as well as the aroma of “baking bread,”… which is no doubt delicious and welcoming. Love it! 💝💝


  2. Björn Rudberg (brudberg) November 16, 2020 / 2:54 pm

    This is a wonderful image of tranquility in hard work. It must be so rewarding to sow your own seeds and turn it all the way to bread.


  3. whimsygizmo November 16, 2020 / 3:11 pm

    What a gorgeous little slice of time, Lill. I love the two sides of this.


  4. Ingrid November 16, 2020 / 3:11 pm

    I love how you have the farmer still imagining possibilities in his twilight years. They seem like a satisfied couple who are proud to reap what they have sowed!


  5. Linda Lee Lyberg November 16, 2020 / 3:13 pm

    I can so picture this scene in my mind that you portray. Lovely Lillian.


  6. kim881 November 16, 2020 / 3:18 pm

    A lovely portrait of a wholesome life well-spent, Lill. I love that the septuagenarian farmer still imagines possibilities. I hope I can still do that when I’m seventy – and I hope my husband will still be baking bread!


  7. Glenn A. Buttkus November 16, 2020 / 3:36 pm

    Let’s hear it for we septuagenarians! This is so Iowa, so America–a perfect quadrille. This would make a wonderful 60 second public service commercial, the images are so vivid.


  8. merrildsmith November 16, 2020 / 3:42 pm

    I absolutely love this Lillian. These vivid snapshot scenes. Wonderful.
    It makes me think of Jane Smiley’s trilogy of a farm family in Iowa.


  9. Lucy November 16, 2020 / 3:47 pm

    Beautifully written!


  10. calmkate November 16, 2020 / 3:53 pm

    such vivid imagery with scents and emotions also included, powerful piece Lillian!


  11. D. Avery @shiftnshake November 16, 2020 / 4:39 pm

    You paint a beautiful picture of the satisfactions of working the land, of sowing and reaping possibilities.


  12. Beverly Crawford November 16, 2020 / 5:05 pm

    From harvest to table. A lovely poem demonstrative of farm life.


  13. Grace November 16, 2020 / 5:26 pm

    Love that smell of fresh bread. Enjoy the fruits of the farm.


  14. lynn__ November 16, 2020 / 5:31 pm

    You pictured a perfect Iowa morning on the farm, Lillian…love it!


  15. Ron. November 16, 2020 / 5:33 pm

    Sensual and cinematic. Awesome work, Lillian


  16. Carol Congalton November 16, 2020 / 5:54 pm

    Really enjoyed your poem!


  17. msjadeli November 16, 2020 / 6:54 pm

    Lillian I feel a grounding here but also the wings of possibility. Very beautiful quadrille.


  18. rothpoetry November 16, 2020 / 9:33 pm

    I could feel the images in your poem. Looking out over the fields… pinning clothes on the line… every year a new possibility
    Well done.


  19. rivrvlogr November 17, 2020 / 8:40 am

    This holds the comfort of a Rockwell painting.


  20. Sascha Darlington November 17, 2020 / 12:49 pm

    I feel like I’m right there with all of this sensory image. A loving feel to your poem, Lilian.

    Liked by 1 person

  21. V.J. Knutson November 17, 2020 / 4:29 pm

    This is lovely Lillian. You have kindly described many of my neighbours still toiling away into their upper years.

    Liked by 1 person

  22. Ali Grimshaw November 18, 2020 / 3:03 pm

    You painted a clear picture with your words of a hardworking farming family. Your descriptive words drew me in.
    Thanks for sharing.

    Liked by 1 person

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