Monday, April 20, 2020


NaPoWriMo PROMPT: Write a poem about a handmade or homemade gift that you have received.


Mom and Dad took a break 
From milking cows twice a day, 
Traveled with a tour group 
To see—what else? More cows. 

They brought back a souvenir. 
A brightly painted whirligig 
Created out of wood. 
A little black and white cow 
And a little farmer. 

They installed it on a fence post. 
When the wind blew 
The attached windmill turned. 
The farmer went into action milking his cow. 

Years later I found it on Dad’s workbench 
The Idaho wind had been unforgiving. 
Dad was gone and now so was Mom. 
The whirligig came home with me. 

We fixed the propeller blade, 
Cleaned it up and applied a new coat of paint. 
The farmer and the cow are retired now. 
They rest by my window 
Where they can catch 
An occasional breeze.


Elizabeth Boquet said...

I never seem to read one of your pieces without a wide smile breaking across my face. Thank you.

Leenie said...

Elizabeth. Thanks for stopping by. I'm probably an over-optimistic person. Right now I think I'm trying a little extra to "Keep in the Sunny Side." :-D