Five Seasons

Sequence previously published in Into the Open: Poems from Poets of the Sixth Skagit River Poetry Festival (La Conner, Washington: Skagit River Poetry Festival, 2010), at which I was a featured poet. Individual poems previously published in Brussels Sprout, Fig Newtons: Senryu to Go (Foster City, California: Press Here, 1993), Frogpond, Geppo, Mayfly, Mie Times (Japan), Mirrors, Shiki Haikusphere (Matsuyama City, Japan: Prinart/Okada Printing Co., 2007), Snapshots (England), and Woodnotes.

 

Spring

 

scattered petals . . .

the thud of my books

in the book drop

 

 

spring breeze—

the pull of her hand

as we near the pet store

 

 

mountain spring—

     in my cupped hand

          pine needles

 

 

tulip festival—

the colours of all the cars

in the parking lot

 

 

Summer

 

meteor shower . . .

a gentle wave

wets our sandals

 

 

summer moonlight

     the potter’s wheel

          slows

 

 

first star—

a seashell held

to my baby’s ear

 

 

beach parking lot—

where the car door opened

a small pile of sand

 

 

Fall

 

first day of school—

I eat my buckwheat pancakes

in silence

 

 

a table for one—

   leaves rustle

in the inner courtyard

 

 

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

 

 

Winter

 

toll booth lit for Christmas—

from my hand to hers

warm change

 

 

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

 

 

Lagniappes

 

hospital waiting room—

the drinking fountain

stops humming

 

 

grocery shopping—

pushing my cart faster

through feminine protection

 

 

the waiter interrupts

our argument on abortion—

a choice of teas

 

 

children’s

book

sh

elves