The birds flee
to coasts to rivers to
places where snow is a dream
and not a nightmare
There are always some that stay
more noise than size
They have strange ways of handling
Mostly, waiting until the ash berries
and getting themselves drunk enough
to forget the cold
or be eaten by the sober hungry
Some coping strategies are less deadly than others
Intoxication is always more dangerous when things want to eat you.
For more coping, dangerous and otherwise, my fantasy novel, The Guests of Honor, is available here. Its sequel, With Honor Intact, can be found here.
Up close, there are always
a thousand things that need doing
fading paint and sealant slowly dissolving
It was a chicken pen once
and now is only storage
A rough shack and yet-
I still remember when the freak
snowstorm made it impossible
to get back to the house
Somehow it was hard to see the
through the thickness of the roof
It’s what’s inside that counts
In this case, mainly wheelbarrows, but those walls are thick and secure.
For more secure, and less secure, walls, my fantasy novel, The Guests of Honor, is available here. Its sequel, With Honor Intact, can be found here.
I prefer to remember the maple in fall-
Thirty years to grow
and only a single
spring afternoon to
Even though it fell onto the rising buds
and the slow-emerging rhubarb
I prefer to remember the maple in fall
when it was at its most powerful
and not merely
a collection of branches
that blotted out
Most powerful when dying
I’ve always thought of autumn colours as a brilliant burst of defiance against the dying of the light.
For more defiance in the face of death, my fantasy novel, The Guests of Honor, is available here. Its sequel, With Honor Intact, can be found here.
The rustic signs of neglect
much more beautiful and artistic
when they aren’t in
It’s hard to separate problem rust from artistic rust
It’s much easier to care about artistic composition when you aren’t worried about being flooded.
For more descriptions of things that are falling apart, artistically and otherwise, my fantasy novel, The Guests of Honor, is available here. Its sequel, With Honor Intact, can be found here.