Looking back at a cool summer from the first day of autumn

thinmoonThe thinnest Cheshire smile
of September moon
hangs in deep blue western sky,
or maybe
we see a sharp sickle
poised above harvest and vee of geese,
a curl of pine wood whittled,
or a sweet lazy fingernail clipping
of the galaxy.

At edge of equinox we look back
remembering June
with washed out strawberries,
July whose chills
chased children in from the beach
and kept tomatoes green,
and August,
when we stood in coats,
licking a disappointed cone.

We can choose that in life, too,
the disappointment,
reviewing people we had to de-trust,
dreams, not so much deferred
as devalued —
exchanged for smaller currency,
the fruit of things
in jobs or homes or educations,
in spouses or children,
that never seemed to ripen.

Our life is unseasonably cool,Old-Moon-29hrs-2
while everyone else has a perfect vacation.

Or we look up at the beautiful moon,
a white comma
between all our metaphors

and choose to see the grin in the sky.

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8 Responses to Looking back at a cool summer from the first day of autumn

  1. sugruerm says:

    Beautiful – may I have your permission to re-set the months to down-under seasons?
    Rosalie (this ‘sugruerm’ tag happened unbidden and I can’t work out how to get rid of it)

  2. Emily Geoghegan says:

    Beautiful. Thank you. Emily

    Sent from my iPad

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  3. Nicolette Wellington says:

    Thank you!
    Nicolette

  4. Dwight Lee Wolter says:

    Wow! Stacked metaphors, each building upon the preceding one and leading us onward to a deep sense of wonder. Loved this.

  5. Maren says:

    Thank you, Dwight.

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