Thursday, November 01, 2007

Thursday Poem - Frost in Lanark

A crunching frost last evening in the highlands,
the lambent moon high above the trees,
an embracing darkness and the
aurora borealis dancing over the hill.
October stillness flowing like a shadow
down the trail below the oak trees at twilight.

Winter stirs among the short days,
the whisper of cold moons to come,
the rattling dry breath of the long nights,
like these old bones that move creaking
through the brown grass, dead leaves and fallen twigs.

Patterns everywhere, and not of my making,
but the Old Wild Mother's weaving,
marbled stones, hoary branches, mottled leaves,
prints of wolf and deer along the trail,
puddles deep in the wooded hollows rimed with ice,
shreds of tattered birch bark blowing free.

There are ghost scents on the wind this evening,
of fresh turned earth and summer fields,
There are echoes of the wild geese going south,
the old rail fence creaking when I leaned on it at dusk in June.
"Rest now sister," it tells me in its hollow voice.
"Rest you now, for all things turn in time, and we,
like the seasons, must await the time of our tuning."

Catherine Kerr
(Frost in Lanark from Trailing Light)


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Rowan said...

This is such a lovely and tranquil poem conjuring up pictures in my mind as I read. You are so talented to be able to capture the essence of the season in this way.

Marcie said...

Just so perfectly expressed. Thank you for sharing with us.