Tag Archives: seasons

On Fatherhood

She was my wife who became their mother when I became their father a fine brother & fine sister I was a husband Til the years fled snow`flake to wild`flower sweet`fruit to October`leaf snap`shots in scrap`books stream out to sea … Continue reading

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On Grey Hair

The snow creeps slowly into scalp & beard one season to the other the summer’s sand autumn frost winter ice                      spring blossoms Wisdom isn’t measured by a wizened head an … Continue reading

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Telling Time

Still the snows in the green fields wait to fly to the Yukon teaching goslings swimming ponds When I glanced last at a calendar I cannot now remember my time measured by rafts of geese And the humpies returning from … Continue reading

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The Prunings

In the spring we burn the prunings from the old cherry trees the rich smoldering smoke sweet in the April breeze as the cherries of June now in bloom Every season has a favorite fragrance winter’s scent snow`falling summer’s scent … Continue reading

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Birds’ Nests

Life is then a bird’s nest woven strands of yarns & twigs scrounged thru our years & fit to our shape Here we once brooded upon our tiny dreams providing safety to the fledglings too small to fly `til they … Continue reading

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On November

November is not the time for gentle breezes but gale`force winds which bend alders flush the debris of summer Already the pale branch reappears purged now of all its glories stark`naked again as bare it began in winter We will … Continue reading

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Autumn Weather

The weather like a fickle child can’t make up its mind if it wants to play or stay inside Two days ago an inch of snow on the neighbor’s roof a day of flurries in the thirties And today autumn … Continue reading

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August Ends

August ends a drip from a hose long ago disconnected from its wall`faucet Well`run`dry The onions peel in their rows their pale orange skins browning in a sun Beach`bums Bumble`bees crawl over the last of the summer lavender fragrant to … Continue reading

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Tomato`Time

The spring garden has all gone to seed the garden boxes where row`on`row of potatoes greened and blossomed where peas climbed up the tall trellises And the cauliflower sheltered their heads with elephant`ear leaves beside the bolted spinach beside the … Continue reading

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The First Hour

Is there an hour finer than the first hour of the day? It comes a little later each morning this time of year Holds just a bite of autumn to come dew on the grass But its silences are full … Continue reading

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Sabbath Rain

Large rain`drops fall into the July dust making small explosions of grit into humid air leave tiny craters where they fall no sooner begun than done A summertime tease or the divine reminder fall will return grass go green again … Continue reading

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On Returning

  Returning from perpetual summer a place where sky & water seamless meld where white`caps mimic whiffs of clouds and grown men play like little boys splashing unselfconsciously in surf waiting on their longboards for big waves as gray`beards lie … Continue reading

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