Seasoning

This sequence of thirteen poems, cycling through a year of seasons, appeared in Many Trails to the Summit: Poems by Forty-Two Pacific Northwest Poets (Seattle, Rose Alley Press, 2010), edited by David D. Horowitz. The individual poems first appeared in Brussels Sprout, Frogpond, Geppo, Mayfly, Mirrors, Snapshots, and Woodnotes.

 

 

scattered petals . . .

the thud of my books

in the book drop

 

 

mountain spring—

     in my cupped hand

          pine needles

 

 

tulip festival—

the colours of all the cars

in the parking lot

 

 

meteor shower . . .

a gentle wave

wets our sandals

 

 

summer moonlight

     the potter’s wheel

          slows

 

 

first day of school—

I eat my buckwheat pancakes

in silence

 

 

a crab apple

from the highest branch

rattles down the rain spout

 

 

first cold night—

the click of your domino

as we play by the fire

 

 

first snow . . .

the children’s hangers

clatter in the closet

 

 

warm winter evening—

the chairs askew

after the poetry reading

 

 

Valentine’s Day—

she reminds me

to fasten my seatbelt

 

 

hospital waiting room—

the drinking fountain

stops humming

 

 

children’s

book

sh

elves