One October

   by C.X. Dillhunt


These trees on the edge

of this prairie afternoon

walking toward us


One October goose

squawking over your farmhouse

stretching neck and sky


Grey squirrel’s tail glides

slides rides with red tail hawk

across neighbor’s pond


Wild turkeys prancing

under those yellow maples

talking turkey talk


Whole October moon

hanging out in cold old oaks

next to stone silo


Empty fields speaking

of winter in our windy

haiku dancing



from Wisconsin People & Ideas, Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters,

Summer 2007



CX Dillhunt is  the author of Things I’ve Never Told Anyone (University of Wisconsin, Parallel Press, 2007) and Girl Saints (Fireweed Press, 2004). He is co-author of Double Six (Endeavor Publishing, 1994) with his son Drew.  He co-edited the Wisconsin Poets' Calendar: 2006 and has been a second place winner and a runner-up in the Wisconsin Academy's poetry contest. Dillhunt's poems have also appeared in many magazines, journals, and on-line,  including Asylum Arts,  Exquisite Corpse, Cream City Review, Hummingbird: Magazine of the Short Poem, Calliope, Spoon River Quarterly, Assembling, Wisconsin Academy Review, and Wisconsin People and Ideas.  His poetry is part of the art exhibit "Haiku: Double Vision" currently on display at the Overture Center in Madison (October 18, 2006 - January 1, 2009).


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