Thursday, October 8, 2015

"Autumnal Serenade"

Autumnal Serenade

Summer's thrift
baskets beneath Autumn's sky,
tumbles, stacks ornamental
upon doorsteps.

Scarves, cabled and cowled,
wrap about shoulders and necks,
calloused palms clasp wooden rakes
as leaves no longer cleave

to branch and stem,
and winter's rift has yet to rear
and strike.  Slanted sun stills upon cheeks

while window-sills, flung aside,
serenade with promises
of wandering woodland walks
and wind-blown hair.

by Margaret Bednar, October 8, 2015

This is linked with "Imaginary Garden with Real Toads -  Get Listed for October".  I used the combinations thrift/rift  and  wander/wonder.  

Tuesday, September 29, 2015




Cardinal dons his shawl,
leaf begins to fade

"Tread lightly!" I implore Jack Frost,
for I long to see

dogwoods burning brightly,
oaks blushing deeply, birch crowning gold

joining smoldering sumac swaying,
caressing mountain's side,

proclaiming Autumn's glory.

by Margaret Bednar, September 29, 2015

The cardinal grows new feathers August through September and the edges are tipped with brown which dulls their appearance until spring when the tips have worn off and becomes a bright red.  This is something new I learned today as I noticed the cardinals were a bit drab looking today.

If a heavy frost hits early in the season, the sun and cool nights will NOT have a chance to change the leaves to their rightful bright fall colors.  The sumac turns red first, so I guess it is not threatened.

I hope I make it up to the mountains before the colors peak - and I hope Mr. Frost politely stays away.

This is linked with "Imaginary Garden with Real Toads - The Tuesday Platform".