Veggies, Anyone?


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`Gotta git dat ole tiller out

Dis soil needs lime and peat

Gotta plant dem peas ‘n beans …

Da broccoli ‘n dem beets.


‘Gotta set up a little fence

Ta keep dem wrabbits out

Deys all jes’ one big nu’sance

Eatin’ up all my sprouts.


`Gotta watch fer all dem bugs

Dey’s  eatin’ dem tender leaves

Made a spray of potent drugs

Dat stopped ‘em, if you p’wease.


`Gotta hoe up all dem weeds

‘N tie up all dose vines

Dats what cukes and squash needs

Ta grow in nice ‘twaight lines.


`Gotta wet down my ‘maters

So’s dey grow big ‘n round

Dere’s a good bunch of taters

Way down deep in da ground.


`Gotta t’ank da swee’ Lawd

Fer all His prov’dence

His love on me He pour’d

Tho’ I ain’t got no sense.


`Gotta git da basket out

Fer all da surplus stuff

Lots ta gib away, no doubt

Dere’s always plenty ’nuff.


`Gotta dig up all dem plants

‘N turn under all da soil

Jig my yearly garden dance…

‘N end dis sweat ‘n toil!


“Springing” into Action




© Jeanne E. Webster. All rights reserved

I cried out to you last night, Lord,
When I awoke with a fright
You sang to me a dulcet chord
And my fears anon took flight.
My spirit aroused with adoration
Your greatness sustains me, Lord
To fight battles of every occasion
Your might is my spirit’s sword.
You’re the joy of lithesome birds
Playfully pecking at bugs and seed;
Gracefully into the air they herd
Oh, to follow them in secrecy.
The field is rife with weeds and clover
Plump honey bees fill their pockets
Sprinkling golden succor all over,
Showing off their shiny lockets.
Storms overnight ravaged the view:
Marinated soil flaunts bubbly pools
Broken tree limbs, bird’s nests askew
Aborted feathered life slumped like ghouls.
Tall corn spikes, tomatoes green lumps
Bashful strawberries hid from me
Brussel sprouts showing nary a bump
Fans of elephant-eared broccoli.
Morning glory vines garnished with hearts
Stretched their ropes into the skies
Clinging, twisting in fits and starts
Formed a glorious, colorful sunrise.
Orange daylilies stretch out like fingers
The hibiscus displays her dinner plate
Hummingbirds dine well as they linger
Bleeding hearts thrust tiny orbed bait.
Rabbits have produced such a nice crop
Tiny fur balls hopping here and there
Moles and voles dine heartily; please stop!
My lovely green lawn is suddenly bare.
The arborvitae finally gave up the ghost
All dried up, painting a brown frown
The black pines appear as if in a roast
Beetle parasite time brought them down.
Home-made suet I hung on the pine tree
“Mrrupp,” says the red-bellied woodpecker,
Gorging on peanuts, he’s a real cutie
Also the hairy and downy woodpeckers.
Yellow finches sporting vivid coats
Feasting on thistle seed in the feeder
Those darn blackbirds are hoggish blokes
I’ll send them off with my old repeater.
My two spaniels and I walk and admire
So many sights to explore around here
Crayfish chimneys dot the ditches of mire
What do they live on deep down in there?

Thank you for your provisions, Lord,
The natural ambiance offers such beauty
My rake and hoe await time to afford
I love the fruit of my labors and duty.
Dear One, You’ve truly blessed my path,
With one very pleasant enchanted day
“Top of the morning to you and your staff.”
Help me comfort others that come my way.

Aah . . .Tumn

Fall Leaves on Branch

©2013 Jeanne E Webster.  All rights reserved


Hot arid airs

Fill autumn days

Stifllin’ up senses

Stuffin’ up noses.


Cicadas buzz electric

Gnats whirl swirls

Skunk skits skulk

Midnight closes.


Spiders spin maze

Doilies atop grasses

Hornets stick nests

Split eaves affix.


Pine cones sprout

Squirrels scout out

Butterflies flit fit

Dip, flip their kix.


Coon-littered roads

Bug-smeared cars

Bloated dead bodies

Life long gone.


Trees scale leaves

Prelude music cue

Winter trumps flat

Life’s like that!






Picking grass from my toenails…

©Jeanne E. Webster

So…how’s everyone been? 


I’ve been diligently mowing our prairie (front & back yards), decreasing the height of weeds, tidying up the garden, spewing Off all over my clothes, drenching my clothes and body with sun block, ecstatic to see the hoppy toads hard at work gobbling up those bugs, delighted to run across (not over!) more snakes than usual here in southern Illinois, disgruntled to stumble over foot high mole hills, and lastly, out of sorts for not having enough time to write a decent article for my blog.   

News:  my husband’s health has improved; we have met with more medical specialists this past month than throughout our entire lifetimes.  That’s the price we pay for getting older!  Now…we get to become members of Obama’s health care plan?  Now we really are excited!  Can hardly stand it…

 So…how’s everyone been?   🙂