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Welcome to the August issue of Time with Tandy.

This month I tried something different and it worked!  I've never written poetry before but was intrigued by the challenge to write an ode to something in our garden.  I submitted Ode to Rhubarb to a monthly contest through InScribe Christian Writers and won  second place!  I'm sharing this poem with you in one of the columns below. Dare to be different, you never know where it might lead you!


 
 
Ode to Rhubarb
Oh rhubarb, dear rhubarb, I sing now your praise
you give so much more than some crops that I raise.
Your needs are so simple, you ask not for much
but give rosy red stalks and leaves large and lush.
 
You have many uses that most do not know
with merit so great as you flourish and grow.
Leaves can be boiled for insecticide,
a natural form so no toxins reside.
 
You’ve given yourself for pies, muffins, cakes,
jams, sauces and relish; so much to create.
I’ve been told that your juice makes a mighty fine wine
I’ve not tried it yet, but just give me time!
 
As a medicine plant you’ve been widely known
to cure many ailments, like tummies that groan.
A cup of you cooked has the calcium they say
of a big glass of milk without lactose or whey.
 
Let me give just like rhubarb in God’s garden of life,
sharing all that I can and not causing strife.
Let Him find many uses for gifts I’ve been given
til my life reflects Jesus -that’s my reason for livin’

 
Quiet

The sound reverberates off the hills.  The valley floor is stilled of action as the sun slips quietly behind the distant mountains. Unfamiliar shadows move silently among the trees.

Breathtaking! Frightening! Sucking the air from deep within at the mere sight of the blackness coming. 

Soon darkness will take over. Alone, once again, to face the hush that cascades over the land. No vehicles, no people, no urban light. Only the tranquil sound of nothing as the day fades.

Embracing the mind and soul completely. Engulfed by the day’s end. Moving freely to another dimension. Soothing, and left to soon wander under the stars. The moon’s glow lighting the trails across the meadow. 

How loud this sound of quiet is.

The writing and photo are courtesy of Ann Edall-Robson
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Meet Ann Edall-Robson, published author and award winning photographer. She is a self proclaimed lover of life and all things that make us smile
 
Her book, Moon Rising: An Eclectic Collection of Works has a way to evoke memories and pull at the heartstrings while covering a wide range of emotions. The pages of prose and poetry is paired with photographs taken by the author. Moon Rising is available in print and e-book format
 
Ann was a finalist for the 2016 Airdrie Mayor's Night of the Arts - Emerging Artist Award and is the author of two cookbooks; From Our Home To Yours: Cookies, and From Our Home To Yours: Cakes & Squares.
 
Ann is currently working on her next book, a novel, due for release in 2017. 
 
Follow Ann on Facebook and on her blog, Morning Muse. Her photos can be viewed on AnnEdallRobson.com and through the DAKATAMA Country Gallery. 
 
 
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