Thursday, October 29, 2009


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These rusting leaves
... yes, I could have
loved them more.

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No
no mistakes
... in the falling leaves.

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Cursing
in the briars
... but they don't care.

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Autumn alders
too tired
... to argue.

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The cat's scratchy voice
but she needn't
repeat herself.

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Burning
at last, falling from the maples
... old angry words.

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Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Monday, October 26, 2009

Thursday, October 22, 2009


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Blackberry blossom
... isn't it autumn?

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Cold autumn night
... so that far-away dog tells me.

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In the windless alder
one leaf
... pretending.

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Hung and pressing cold
and the hushed trees
... but I've said enough.

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Autumn road
lost in the turned pages
... of summer.

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Home before the night
by the candlelights
... of autumn.

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Drifting wishes
leaf after leaf
after leaf ...

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Walking the past
this night, this autumn fog
... I won't remember.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009


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... like this, standing hushed
beneath tall autumn trees ...

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(Inspired by Paco at Flickr)




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Shaking in the rain
standing, gasping in the wind
... and other true things.

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A fraying shadow
an untangled wind
... a dead crow.

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Fingers aflame
weaving new heavens
... the seas of autumn.

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Tuesday, October 20, 2009


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Grumbling earth
prickling earth, tickling earth
... sweet rain, smell the earth?

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Tickles of earth
... have gotten
into my shoe.

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Fall Sunset V


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Flames to keeping
crows to sleeping
... Fall night, fall.

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Fall Sunset IV


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Black crows
char of autumn
... piecing the night.

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Fall Sunset III


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From autumn's flames
two crows
... follow the call.

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Fall Sunset II


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Crow
giving the call
... autumn's burning.

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Fall Sunset I


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Fires in the trees
ash in the leaves
... black crow.

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This, I pray
to Earth, this I pray
... to earth.

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Monday, October 19, 2009


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... feathers of day
trailing, luring the night
stalking ...

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... in the autumn breeze
whispered winter prayers
of trees ...

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The dragonfly sits
wondering why
the dragonfly ...

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Such little things
stars, even
... after the storm.

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Night's pitch flowing
from huddled crows
crowing night's pitch ...

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This moment shatters
to form this moment
shatters to form ...

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Saturday, October 17, 2009


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Fog and feather rains
black beetle scratching
... through autumn dunes.

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Friday, October 16, 2009


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These cliffs, we
look to the far, look to the moon
... look to the sea.

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Racing
the red sands
... only the wind.

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To the storm and dark
the sad sad train
... and what I know of pain.

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Night rains
I mustn't stay and the star
... cannot wait.

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Wednesday, October 14, 2009


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Yes, chickadee
I do, I see! Pretty rainbows
... One! ... Two! ... Three!

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Pause in the rain
a great sigh
... the trees and I.

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Crackle and slapping
the drone of the clapping
... napping with the rain.

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With my umbrella
walking the beetle
... home.

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Flicker in the rain
you'll have to sing
... for us both.

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Hiding
hiding in her hair
... and the secrets there.

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Oh, so many leaves
and autumn
... in my hand.

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Shards of me
calling to forest
... begging the rain.

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Stay, stay grey winds
I can say no more
... than the trees.

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Dream a wish, says he
then come away to dreams
... says she.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Monday, October 12, 2009


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Tied these threads of heart
these letters to you
... I may never send.

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Like the delights
of autumn trees trembling
... like that.

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Scritchin' 'n scratchin'
here ta there fall leaves scrapin'
... ev'rywhere!

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Mercy! My oh my!
Jus' ain't enough fingers
... for fallin' leaves!

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The little beetle too
this windy way
... little beetle?

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Out to the crisp day
even the door
... moaning.

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Shrill walls their clocks
still walls and still locks
... wait winter, wait.

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Scratchy and grey
cold crackling day
... where's the rain?

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This autumn
these paper hands
... love you still.

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Roots into the sky
tickling down down down
... a golden rain.

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But, here it is
this cold I wanted
... this cold, this unkind cold.

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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Saturday, October 10, 2009


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The old cat's dream
same bird
.... same blunder.

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Deer
have left the hairy stalks
... of buttercups.

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Steller's Jay
quietly in alder
... well, why not.

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Again
standing at the mouse's hide
... again, no mouse.

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Sunset
across the tips of mosses
... I might have missed it.

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In the moss
two green flies
... down other roads.

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It harms neither of us
to call you brother
... squirrel.

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Deep
in the shadows of mosses
... someday, I'll know.

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Maples
in cold October winds
... what do I know of trembling?

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The dead sparrow
has gifted me
... a sadness.

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Reading of autumn
in the curling pages
... and bones of alder.

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To spite the cold
the treefrog
... singing of love.

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Are you
not scorched enough
... sunset crows?

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Blackberry blossom
we've come too pale
... for autumn.

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Friday, October 9, 2009

Wednesday, October 7, 2009


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Chasing the whispers
wandering through fingers
... of forest.

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These finds of her
these kinds, these signs of her
... I never meant to keep.

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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Saturday, October 3, 2009


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Maybe this beetle
knows what's meant
... by dry old leaves.

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Aha! A little mud
a little print
... a little late for the cat.

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Old road
but not to that
... Somewhere Else.

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Friday, October 2, 2009


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We must ask the winds
where the leaves are going
... chickadee.

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Nothing to fear
in the burning trees
... chickadee.

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In the burning clouds
a great grey horse
... swelling.

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Snug in the meadow
sleeps the evening
... with sharp teeth.

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Since spring rains
the moss has held
... a rabbit sleeping.

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