Friday, July 1, 2011


Gypsy Mama's
The Gypsy Mama

1. Write for 5 minutes flat with no editing, tweaking or self critiquing.
2. Link back here and invite others to join in 



Late in winter we prepared for you.
We pruned those who needed it
in their dormacy.

We fertilized you with rotted manure from the cows;
and although this may not have seemed so nice...
we had hopes for you
and we knew what you needed.

The spring came
and the rains,
and with them your leaves burst with bright green
and the little baby berries made us dream.

Now you give us fruit.
We welcome your gracious bounty.
God has bathed you with sunshine
watered you in your time of need,
and now in the heat,
your berries droop

and you give us the chance to enjoy sweet rewards,
to teach our children the value of hard work
and planning,
and hoping,
and counting,

Each must pick their share
so that when they eat their raspberry pancakes
in the cold of January's winter snowy storms,

they will remember

our work
will seem to them
worth the toil.
They will taste it's sweetness.


  1. I so enjoyed this! Beautiful pictures that really helped tell the story

  2. Too true! Beautiful writing, and wonderful pictures!

  3. i love love black raspberries.
    i have planted them FIVE times since moving here... someone always mistakes them for weeds.
    this year i took everyone to where i planted them...and warned everyone lol.

  4. Really lovely photos. Love little girls in white dresses. And, I kid you not, raspberries are my favorite of all berries, smoothies, Popsicles, cake, ice cream, need I go on? Wish I could buy some of yours.

  5. Beautiful reminder of not just welcome but patience in His time.
    Thank you.

  6. Great post! I love to see how others are teaching their children the value of good hard work! What a blessing!

  7. Poetic and lovely!! I'm hoping to plant some raspberries and blackberries here in the fall. I can't wait!


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