Good News, Bad News, No News


The Good News: harvest is done. Except for baling. Stacking. Hauling.

Essentially harvest is done. Fields empty of crop. Bins and bags filled.

Everyone takes a collective breath. Breathe. Stand back. Done.


The Bad News: terror comes home. Can’t go overseas to fight, so here.

Cars as weapons. Gunshots on Parliament Hill. Lock down. LOCK DOWN!

Across the country a collective gasp. Silence. Sit back. It is here. Home.


No News: we carry on. One step in front of another. Another day lived.

We pray. We cry. We rant. We rally. We stand. Silent. In awe of both.

Good news. Bad news.  Collective stories, without balance, but some hope.


My post harvest return to @dVerse for Poetics with Mary. It is fitting, perhaps, that it is a news day here on the farm and also internationally for my country.  Balance. Faith. Hope. Horror. Disbelief. Good thing we have poetry to turn to. 

Side note: I tried a new thing, QR code poetry. Check it out on Twitter here:

(just scan with a reader and enjoy!)


  1. Sumana Roy said,

    October 22, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    a perfect sketch of life that all of us live…it’s good that there’s a flicker of hope to carry on…

    • shanyns said,

      October 22, 2014 at 8:35 pm

      We always have that, it lights our way! Thanks for coming by.

  2. brian miller said,

    October 22, 2014 at 6:11 pm

    I have been watching what was going on in Canada today between classes on my phone…oy…scary when it comes close to home….glad harvest is done for the year and hope it was a good one to you shanyn…smiles….good to see you…

    • shanyns said,

      October 22, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      It is scary. And yes we are all pretty happy to be done – only things left are straw bales. 🙂 It’s been a great adventure this fall. Glad to be back!

  3. October 22, 2014 at 6:43 pm

    News can be things coming close to us.. scary what has been happening… but maybe sometimes the no news is what we need sometimes… (nice to have you back)

    • shanyns said,

      October 22, 2014 at 8:36 pm

      Thanks Bjorn, I like the ‘no news’ sometimes. Just be. Glad to be back, thanks for coming by.

  4. bleibalien said,

    October 22, 2014 at 7:58 pm

    Groovy piece. Love the last line.

  5. Mary said,

    October 22, 2014 at 8:05 pm

    Glad that your harvest is done, Shanyn; and I have been hearing about the shootings in Canada today. Really quite frightening when terrorism hits close to home.

    • shanyns said,

      October 22, 2014 at 8:48 pm

      It is very chilling to be happening at home like this. And we are also super glad harvest is done! 🙂 Thanks for the great Poetics!

  6. Grace said,

    October 22, 2014 at 11:30 pm

    Happy to read that the harvest is done ~ Yes, those shootings were scary as it was closer to home ~ Hope you are well Shanyns ~

  7. Justin Lamb said,

    October 23, 2014 at 5:29 am

    One step in front of another, as you said. That’s all we can really do. I’m glad there is hope at the end of the poem.

  8. othermary said,

    October 24, 2014 at 2:49 pm

    I like your take on this. The personal juxtaposed against the world news. And what can we do but carry on? And happy for you that your harvest is finished for the year.

  9. ManicDdaily said,

    October 30, 2014 at 3:21 am

    Agh. Very cool to have the personal/worldwide – good/bad. Thank you.

    And thanks for the scanning code though can’t imagine how it’s done. I wanted to tell you how much I’ve enjoyed your charming posts on FB. Thanks k.

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