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




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