April Fool

 

Sights and Smells of April

On April first, the little skunk
did not know what to think.
“Oh, Mother, will you tell me please,
what makes that awful stink?”

“I’d rather not have to say, child,
so I don’t think I will.
I’ll ask your dad to tell you that,
Oh, look! A daffodil!

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Peach Blossom

And see the peaches now in bloom
beside the wooden rails?
A rainbow glows after the rains
in April. It never fails!

It brings delight to skies in spring
and rolls out shades of pink.
Oh, don’t go near the fools today–
they love to stir the stink!”

© Freeda Baker Nichols

 

Autumn Preparation

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Autumn Preparation

Autumn skies are dripping gray.
The leaves are bleeding brown.
Green-hulled black walnuts are dropping
like heaps of hail hammering down.

Red squirrels are packing nuts
for winter days ahead.
As for me, I just turned up
the thermostat to my waterbed.

©2014 Freeda Baker Nichols

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Eggs for Bubble Gum

chicken eggs

I traded eggs still warm for bubble gum
and always gave my baby sister some.
We blew big bubbles, like balloons of pink,
until they burst and stuck upon our cheeks.
We both blew bubbles quickly as a blink.
I liked the gum I got from Peddler Weeks
and always gave my baby sister some.
I traded eggs still warm for bubble gum.

© Copyright 2012, Freeda Baker Nichols

Poem in the Lil-Ann pattern. Reblogged from my earlier post, with added photos.

Yvonne & Freeda Baker

Yvonne & Freeda Baker by the lilac bush at the Banner Homeplace

Freeda Baker Nichols & Yvonne Baker Hall

Freeda Baker Nichols & Yvonne Baker Hall — waiting for Yvonne’s flight back out west.