Tapestry of Time

Janet Wormser vermontartzine.blogspot.com

Janet Wormser vermontartzine.blogspot.com

In the fabric of time
how can we begin to portray
the color of the autumn wood
fired so fiercely in amber & red
but begin with them in winter
when like naked schoolgirls
they shivered in shame

Had anyone stopped then
to take a single photograph?
No all turned away as though
these were not their daughters
ravaged & broken by the cold
Yet here in time’s tapestry
let us not forget the gray

Or how the gray greened
first but faintly with spring
the pussy on the willow’s end
vase gathered for a night table
an aphrodisiac against death
when all love slept within us
a frozen tulip under snow

Add pink for the cherries
in whose celebration the sun
returned from her hibernation
And then the emerald orchards
bowed low with summer fruit
bathed by the thunderstorm
till sweetened by the frost

And then you will know how
these woods found their fame
fired so fiercely in amber & red
The seasons make us what we are
Autumn colors reside in the eyes
of the old man down the street
a tapestry of time for telling

“How is it possible to bring order out of memory?
I should like to begin at the beginning, patiently,
like a weaver at his loom.”

~ Beryl Markham

About Peter Notehelfer

I'm a retired people person who now finds the time to watch the little details of the world without worrying about being watched by anyone . . . I live on an Island north of Seattle with my wife named Ellen, a yellow dog named McGee, a yellow cat named Gatzby, and four fine chickens . . . I read fiction, bake bread, smoke salmon, and fish whenever the weather allows . . . Oh, and yes, I try to write a poem every day simply to avoid senility!
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3 Responses to Tapestry of Time

  1. kiwiskan says:

    beautiful poetry. I love trees in all their seasons as well


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