Thursday, October 31, 2013

In Cool of Dawn

Backyard leaves
of myrtle
under robin's beak,
upper sweetgum
branches stir
in scented breeze.

Giant maples
line a nearby street
with emerald leaves,
their undersides
peachy creme
maroon and bronze.

In shaded woods
the yellow hickory,
reds and oranges
of black-oaks
flame against
pine and cedars'
bottle green.

c lovepat press
[revised ala Haymaker IV, October 30, 2013]

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Poems for late October

curbside black
garbage sack: three
invisible crows
beach sunset--
hungry sandpipers
in gold-dust sand
plants in for winter
the Christmas cactus budding
in late October
bright jack o' lantern
guiding goblins' paths ... alas,
rainy Halloween
among the pumpkins
the fallen toddler
crying for Mama
an owl's whoawh
breaking the morning silence
over the deer stand
c lovepat press, 2013

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Poems from past Octobers

in broad daylight
a lot of naked ladies
(lycoris lilies)

'possum on the porch
looking for an easy meal
cat merely watches

trash on the neat lawn
no, bread for the birds
mowed-over toadstools

red smudge
on the magazine
a lamp-drawn insect

the hairless hatchling
sprawls across the 3 eggs
still in the nest

road traffic
drowning out the sound
of the airplane
c lovepat press

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Shadows - Four poems

red lanterns
stringing shadows
in the spook house
end of the trail—
tupelos in shallows
wildflowers in shadows
the receding wave
seagulls waiting
in their own shadows
I walk in ankle-deep leaves
and overturn stumps
   puffy clouds shadow the sun
   and the buzzard rises
PL---from 28 poems submitted to M. Suddiqui for consideration in his 2013 issue of SEASON'S GREETING LETTERS.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

'Tis the Season...

Google image of Rita, 2005
September 12, 1998
rain ... remnants
of ebbing tropical storm--
child fears tornado
GEORGES - late September, 1998
palm and pine collapse
under the hurricane's eye
hurricane-spawned flood
thrashing the muddy rice stalks
against a rock
of white gravel
where the town once stood
FLOYD - September, 1999
than Florida
Hurricane Floyd
RITA - mid-September, 2005
home floating ... now lodged
against a willow oak
hurricane-made lake
KAREN - early October, 2013
What will I write
about incoming Karen?
she spoiled our beach trip?
c PL, lovepat press