Friday, October 31, 2014

October 31: Halloween

Halloween morning--
pigeons huddle on a roof
as falcon flies past.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

October 30: At the planning workshop

Morning, downtown--
skein of geese flying
past the opera house.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

October 29: Maple tree

River running high.
Finally the one maple tree
has turned to gold.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

October 28: Almost Halloween

Down by the river
our neighbors throw a party--
bonfire glowing.

Monday, October 27, 2014

October 27: Rising wind

Wind rising with dark--
the one tree with all its leaves
roars like a waterfall.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

October 26: Clarry Hill

Spent this afternoon up on Clarry Hill in Union, surrounded by blueberry barrens, watching hawks soaring southward over the coastal mountains.
Kestrel hovering
Burnished fields, wind picking up
That's my heart out there

Saturday, October 25, 2014

October 25: Greenery

Under a heap of leaves
pot of chives still green
still pungent

Friday, October 24, 2014

October 24: Crows at dusk

Dusk comes so soon now.
Perched on a bare, wet branch,
how big the crow looks.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

October 23: Reflex

Dark and stormy night--
I keep swerving
to avoid skittering leaves.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

October 21: Rain ahead

As predicted, it rains--
jays mob the feeders,
river sighs, opens wide.

Monday, October 20, 2014

October 20: Bare branches, bare arms in the cold

Trees shivering, leaves lost,
colors fading underfoot--
I'm not ready.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

October 19: Winter is coming

Walking through Camden's Harbor Park and Amphitheatre this afternoon, the signs of coming cold were gathering with the fallen leaves.
Frost warning--
schooners wrapped in plastic,
flocks of south-bound sparrows.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

October 18: Schoodic Head Trail

Raven alerts the woods--
our clumsy passage through
misty spruces and moss

Friday, October 17, 2014

October 17: Schoodic

Arrived in the dark
we hear the sea's dark pulse
glory in all the stars

Thursday, October 16, 2014

October 16: Pears

Standards on the radio,
rain falling hard--
the middle of my life.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

October 15: Warm Spell

Still warm at dusk.
A bat flits overhead.
What else will we lose?

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Monday, October 13, 2014

October 13: Autumn day trip

A day of sparrows
in fields going to seed
leaves red and falling

Sunday, October 12, 2014

October 12: Autumn Zen

Fall leaves prayer flags.
On the front porch Buddha
contemplates a pumpkin.

Saturday, October 11, 2014

October 11: Date night

A happy marriage--
enjoying burritos
after seeing "Gone Girl."

Friday, October 10, 2014

October 10: Color

Autumn leaves--
lost in thought, I drive for miles
without noticing.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

October 9: Urgency

Squadron of jays
bombards the feeders all day.
Waiting for that call.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

October 8: Lunar eclipse

Lunar eclipse
hidden by a thunderstorm
I'm wide awake

Monday, October 6, 2014

October 6: Edginess

At the field's edge--
restless sparrows rustling
in the dying asters.

Sunday, October 5, 2014

October 5: Sunday

After the rain, sun.
Crows cawing in the backyard
beckon us outside.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

October 4: Mushrooms among us

I've been out sick for a few days--hence the brief absence here--but this morning was up for a mushroom outing at Fernalds Neck Preserve in Lincolnville, led by the very entertaining and knowledgeable Kirk Gentalen of Maine Coast Heritage Trust. I learned a little about mushrooms and other fungi, but what I seem to have retained has more to do with poetry, I think, than biology. Like learning names that are stories in themselves... Witches' Butter, Bear's Bread, Crowded Parchment...

Learning mushrooms--
Velvet Earth Tongue speaks
from the forest floor.