Monday, October 31, 2016

October 31: Samhain

a day for haunting--
leaves skitter before my car
like small animals
 
a day for haunting--
sun's dying light
turns the mountain blood red

Sunday, October 30, 2016

October 30: Distraction

Outside the library
crow in a puddle
drinking last night's rain.
 
 

Saturday, October 29, 2016

October 29: Clarry Hill

Old stone walls converging
on crimson barrens.
We walk there together.
 
 

Friday, October 28, 2016

October 28: Migration

Zugunruhe--
she thinks of me when she sees
a flock of blackbirds.
 
 
Zugunruhe: a German word that means migratory restlessness

Thursday, October 27, 2016

October 27: Dark and stormy

Home to an empty house
just as the rain starts to fall--
will you call me?

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

October 26: Last cricket

So cold this morning
I'm surprised to hear
a lone cricket still chirping.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

October 25: Flock

Clamor of crows out back--
am I part of the crowd
or even more alone?

Monday, October 24, 2016

October 24: It turns cold

Branch stripped bare:
two crows swaying in the wind.
Not a metaphor. Nope.

Sunday, October 23, 2016

October 23: On the Rail Trail

kingfisher overhead
gold underfoot coin of the realm
each step an homage
 
 
 

Saturday, October 22, 2016

October 22: Inside

Rain on the streets.
Does the cat at the window
watch with relief or envy?

Friday, October 21, 2016

October 21: Cobalt

Town wrapped in fog.
A woman walks her dog
wearing a cobalt blue coat.

Thursday, October 20, 2016

October 20-B: Hunger

Geese flying overhead.
Our neighbor pulls a wagon
to the food pantry.

October 20-A: Wild geese

geese flying overhead
their heart-stirring calls
an ancient poetry

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

October 19: Afternoon glow

Late sunlight falls the same
on the red boathouse
and red maple leaves.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

October 18: Recurrent

Moths under the porch light.
Still haunted
by last night's dream.

Monday, October 17, 2016

October 17: Moonrise

in our headlights
in the growing moonlight
how strange they look--autumn leaves

Sunday, October 16, 2016

October 16: I-95

south on the turnpike
technicolor trees shining--
we're just passing through

Saturday, October 15, 2016

October 15: Flood tide

full moon high tide
washing over the jetty
and then the moon itself

Friday, October 14, 2016

Thursday, October 13, 2016

October 13: Chestnuts

amid blighted trees
prickly harvest of chestnuts
so much we've lost, and yet
 
 

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

October 12: Six crows

Six crows on the lawn
oblivious to clamor
of the garish leaves.
 

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

October 11: First frost

First frost, melted,
dripping off the eaves.
Wearing layers against the cold.

Monday, October 10, 2016

October 10: Half moon

Moon half full and rising
over the gas station--
it's always something.

Sunday, October 9, 2016

October 9: Rain day

Waiting out the rain
in a warm, dry place with friends
coffee and krullers.

Saturday, October 8, 2016

October 8: In tune

Long drive alone in the dark,
all my heartaches
on the damn radio.

Friday, October 7, 2016

October 7: Windfall

fearful of the woods--
rapid barrage of acorns
leaves suddenly red

Thursday, October 6, 2016

October 6: Hurricane tracking

wind in the oak trees
acorns rain down like hail
we don't know what's coming

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

October 5: Primary colors

How the red maple leaves
contrast with basswood leaves
and the deep blue sky.

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

October 4: Here in the north

The sky has lost all color.
Moth on the screen
looks like a fallen leaf.

Monday, October 3, 2016

October 3: Memorial

How sweet the roses
planted by a friend now gone.
I inhale again.

Sunday, October 2, 2016

Saturday, October 1, 2016

October 1: Harvest

Bins of pumpkins, apples,
six kinds of squash.
We talk in the car.