Saturday, October 13, 2018

Winter Closes In

From the Poetry Foundation this splendid meditation on the change of season Up North. I love the image of the darkness closing in outside forcing the poet to look in. Winter used to be that time of less activity and more conversation and thoughtfulness yet nowadays we create our own light.  Down south I find myself measuring daylight and darkness in the mornings as I ride home and prepare to walk Rusty...or I did before I got stuck in rehab! I hope you enjoy it. 

A Letter in October 

Dawn comes later and later now,
and I, who only a month ago
could sit with coffee every morning
watching the light walk down the hill
to the edge of the pond and place
a doe there, shyly drinking,

then see the light step out upon
the water, sowing reflections
to either side—a garden
of trees that grew as if by magic—
now see no more than my face,
mirrored by darkness, pale and odd,

startled by time. While I slept,
night in its thick winter jacket
bridled the doe with a twist
of wet leaves and led her away,
then brought its black horse with harness
that creaked like a cricket, and turned

the water garden under. I woke,
and at the waiting window found
the curtains open to my open face;
beyond me, darkness. And I,
who only wished to keep looking out,
must now keep looking in.


CaliforniaHoosier said...

Beautiful. Keep telling us, Michael. The beauty of the world and the trials of recovery all add to the experience of everyone here. Your gift is the ability to share it all eloquently. You have not wasted it.

Conchscooter said...

Thank you

Anonymous said...

OMG, I went away for what seems a minute and returned to read about your terrible accident! Praying for your return to us whole and healthy.

Naomi said...

As I sit here in my office, and watch the first winter snow come down, here in the Northwoods of Wisconsin - I read this poem. It is so fitting right now. I also think about the trials that come with all of the snow we tend to get here between now and next March or April, I said to myself "it is nothing compared to what Michael is going through". So once again, you've made me think about life in a different way - Thank you ! I hope your recovery continues to get better and better.