Autumn 2022

 

Becoming Autumn 

our voices rising scent of the sea

 

Aidan Castle

empty chair

the shape of the mountain

before us

Alan Peat

 

hot sun

the rain up

out of the grass

Shawn Blair

barely 

reaching the pedals

tadpoles

Denise Fontaine

sunlit dewdrops 

on the grassy field 

child’s first poem  

Hifsa Ashraf

lucid dreaming

the flight path

of a cabbage white

Kristen Lindquist

swimming between jetties Cape morning

Deborah Burke Henderson

she longs to journey

across the sky

balloon flower…

Adele Evershed

monkey flowers . . .

the children playing

dress up

Stephanie Story

a sudden pop

of memory

cloudberries


John Hawkhead

an inch 

above the ocean 

a butterfly

Ann Smith

white clover

the art of

lying in fields

Kevin Browne

parhelion

sun shares

its aura


Roberta Beach Jacobson

 

tribal village –

hearing my neighbour sing

in her treehouse 

Daipayan Nair

summer break -

swans crossing over

the skytorn lake

Maire Morrissey Cummins

swapping words for smiles wildflowers 

Jenny Fraser

 

 

    distant                                    echoes

            of  sea                        gulls

                    and             ravens

                              equi

                                no

                                  x

 

Sandra St-Laurent

in the children’s ward
sunlight through the shades
a thousand origami cranes

S. Michael Kozubek

humpback tail splash

a child on the boat

waves back

Deborah P Kolodji

kayak river tour

the kingfisher

everyone else saw

Lee Hudspeth

shallow bay

nurse sharks asleep

in the sea grass

 

Shawn Blair

overripe oranges 

the most of 

this grief 

Hifsa Ashraf

between dolphins cresting heartbeats 

Eric Sundquist

a heron’s flight

in my

self-propelled wheelchair

Goran Lowie

blue sky,

billowing thunderheads

   my climate change

Ken Mory

coastline view
hummingbirds
in the sage

Deborah P Kolodji

summer lingers one peony 

Deborah A. Bennett

U turns…
the way sheep will follow
their leader

 

Dorothy Burrows

last night's

shared bottle of sake

empty sky

 

Alvin Cruz

earthquake I grab for sky

Roberta Beach Jacobson

drooping sunflowers
looking at problems
from a new angle

Adelaide Shaw

the fox

frightens the chickens

fake news

Jim Force

secret ‘love you’ notes

from one tree to another

bird song

Carolyn Field

window amaryllis –                                                      

the sky enters my room

through a hole in the petal

 

Silva Trstenjak

floodwater

the least we know 

about a river 

Hifsa Ashraf

attended

by a single bee

the last rose

Rohan Buettel 

mistral

outdoor cafe

a vortex of receipts

Ross Neher

endless sky

our picnic smoke

captures a lark's song

David He Zhuanglang

sea glass

what will

remain of us

Stefanie Bucifal

scorched earth 

a child cups the rain 

in her palms 

Meera Rehm

late summer lake

a raft of loons

rides the sunset 

Kristen Lindquist

a cloud of geese erasing summer

Marilyn Ashbaugh

the slow turn

of an ice cream churn

swallows at sunset

Brad Bennett

honeycomb—

my late grandpa’s face

in the crowd

Aidan Castle

cicada husks

the final sweep

of summer

Kim Klugh


 

orange sunset 

following a different path

fritillary

 

Petro C.K

Welsh malt whisky

how suddenly the sun

melts in the sea

Keith Evetts

equinox sunset

long shadows

of little stones

Emma Alexander Arthur

scattered asters                        

the remnants               

of a summer sky

 

Claire Ninham

rising as one from bank 

to bough—

an impulse of sparrows

Laurie Greer

star-rise

an old man

prunes the roses

Ryland Shengzhi Li

september moon:
all I have
is what I miss

Oscar Luparia

alfresco dinner talking late into the light of fireflies

Marcie Wessells

at the docks

cranes play ball

with the moon

Adrian Bouter

slow shadows

a family of deer

graze twilight

Erin Castaldi

midnight moon

it’s face full

of sunlight

Dan Salontai

crescent moon guarding a star mother and pram

Pepe Madera

 

Being Autumn 

dawn breaks my resolve

Christopher See

expanding universe... a dandelion bursts into seed 

Jay Friedenberg

puddles in the park 

dawn stars fill the space 

left by dusk

Arvinder Kaur

sunrise         

climbing from mist                                   

the sandstone gorge

Gavin Austin

scent of jasmine

this sunlight

in my future

Agus Maulana Sunjaya

searching

for a connection...

mycelium

Carly Thorpe

sea-born sunrise

skimming the lake

a grey heron

Emma Alexander Arthur

stripped of all

I once thought essential…

Euphorbia plants

Pepe Madera

in a line

of gnarled willows

one sapling

Michael Baeyens

 

 

on the fence

in daylight a nighthawk

teetering

 

Dorothy Burrows

lake’s mist 

unfolding my story 

the rorschach test 

Hifsa Ashraf

florist shop—

the indecision 

of the butterfly

 

Alaka Yeravadekar

day moon

the long night

not long enough

Alvin Cruz

unable

to be unhappy

hollyhocks

 

Laurie Morrissey

gust of wind . . .

landing in a hollow stump

an acorn

Anthony Lusardi

oleander blooms

like every dream of you

I can’t touch

C.X Turner

wings for a day my hands turn to mayflies

Pippa Phillips

one lily

to another

rumors of wind

Brad Bennett

alone  playing arpeggios into birdsong

 

Christine Eales

circle of agave the green hummingbird’s voice

Michael Battisto

traveling. . .

on her own waves

an inchworm

Marilyn Ashbaugh

timing her entrance

for the fall—

brimstone moth

Adele Evershed

yellow butterfly without so much as a by your leave

Patrick Sweeney

fall chill …
still the spring
in my step

 

 S. Michael Kozubek

atlas moth homily day moon

Anna Cates

Straw field

shadow of a starling

in the hawk's gaze

Marilyn Ashbaugh

trapped 

in winding gorges

brain fog

Tom Staudt

this guilt the wingspan of gannets

 

Aidan Castle

Yoshino fog 

the cherry farmer’s wife 

sweeping blossoms 

Chad Henry

bend in the river—

I come across

a new flower

Alaka Yeravadekar

pulsar

the on-and-off

of a seagull’s wings

Joshua St. Clare

waking alone

the lark

fills in the blanks

 

Adele Evershed

picture window...

refocusing the crow

becomes a moth

 

Quendryth Young

beached whale

the extent 

of my shame

John Pappas

this struggle

to collect myself

wind blown leaves

Bryan Rickert

mallard…

his mate

a lone blue feather

Laurie Greer

deluge 

heather bruises                                                 

the moor 

Claire Ninham

their path

from glen to glen

moonlit deer

Bryan Rickert

cauliflower leaves     

my inner child

opens up

Jennifer Hambrick

rain stops play 

the shifting pitch

of a crow 

Alan Peat

heat lightning

the stillness

of trees

Ben Gaa

the slow cooking of stew quiet rain

Mariangela Canzi

 

 

slight breeze

all that I am

for today

 

Jamie Wimberly

 

extended road trip

our neighbor’s bike

becomes a trellis

 

Christine Wenk-Harrison

deep autumn 

the parts of me

still green

 

Bryan Rickert

woodsmoke curling up with a good book

Kim Klugh

abalone shells

nestle together      

neither whole 

Jenny Fraser

 

the desire to stay lost fireflies

Alaka Yeravadekar

autumn rain...

a drop sways 

the banana leaf

 

Neena Singh

deadheading

the unwanted parts 

of me

Lorelyn Arevalo

a dead bird

suddenly holding

my hand

Alan Peat

community garden 

in the rain… 

one man turning soil

Kerry J Heckman

shady woodlands

a yellow lady slipper

bobs with rain

Deborah Burke Henderson

dawn light on bat wings my indecision

Aidan Castle

sundown -

searching for meanings

old cranes

 

Amoolya Kamalnath

 

autumn light

I follow a firetail

into the ruins

Clive Bennett

lightning—

briefly the frog's 

eyes

 

P.H Fischer

 

autumn haze

father begs me

to take him home

Mircea Moldovan

faded coop

the broken hinge’s 

wind-song

Erin Castaldi

 

crickets chirping
a dark pond ripples
full of stars

Daniel Daw

two puddles

the half-moon

spoons itself

Cody Huddleston

nightfall --

among the rubble

a blackbird song

Mariangela Canzi

ripples

under the fisherman's hook

the hunter's moon

Irena Szewczyk

 

a sea of stars

imprinted

on each drop of rain

Andrew Markowski

buck moon…

beginning a new phase

antlers regrow

Rob McKinnon

the sound 

of his breath gasping

midnight rain

Alvin Cruz

moth wings 

opening and closing

the night

John Hawkhead

 

 
Leaving Autumn

 

 

lone cloud birthing the day moon

 

Ravi Kiran

leafless shadow the line between then and now dissolves into snow

 

Pippa Phillips

shimmering pink

an earthworm

Unearthed

Barrie Levine

early snowfall ...

a stack of what-ifs

on my mind

Chen-ou Liu

stark telephone poles 

fronting a hallelujah 

of cumulonimbi 


Chad Henry

salt marsh sunrise…

a herd of cows licking

the mist

Dorothy Burrows

 

 

glimpsing

his other side

cherry blossoms

 

Richa Sharma

thunderheads

the tractor turns back

into the field

Dan Treagust

 

soft snowdrifts

his shoulders round

into winter

Lesley Swanson

lightning--   

the crack and splinter

of a lace bark pine

Laurie Greer

autumn slacktide -

the beach's emptiness trails

onto snow crabs

 

Amoolya Kamalnath

windfarms spinning daytime stars

Christine Wenk-Harrison

deep fog

a child’s finger breaks

the tide pool’s surface

Mike White

 

daydreaming the sky a pond of white goldfish

Marcie Wessells

reflection
in a dewdrop
my real size

Oscar Luparia

ruffled sky

a seagull feather

washes ashore  

Mona Iordan

sun catchers…

ripples of curlew

ebbing away

Dorothy Burrows

one door ajar two worlds

 

Mariangela Canzi

all the colors 

of the sea 

the fishmonger’s eyes 

 

Eric Sundquist

grandpa's allotment

a pumpkin

as big as his hug

Ingrid Baluchi

altocumuli

all sparrows fly

but one

Kati Mohr

Pictish stones touching time

Tony Williams

starling days

shaping our breath

into sky

Joanna Ashwell

first snow . . .

following the deer tracks

following the trail

 

Kristen Lindquist

 

iced up pond

fish that swim

in the undercurrent

 

Bisshie

 

still dripping with rain…  

a white oak

does the work of clouds

 

Laurie Greer

elsewhere milkweed floss takes me

Debbie Strange

apples

on one side of the tree -

this war

Maire Morrissey Cummins

 

trying to see

your point of view

red deer skull

Chris Dean

 

not the wind through the pines 

but my mother's voice

in mine

Deborah A. Bennett

the low flight

of a white heron

receding waves

Hifsa Ashraf

snow capped mountains

the highs and lows of

distant memories

Tom Staudt

breaking news

crows creak in harmony

with the ice lake

John Hawkhead

cucurbit flute

the melody is all

dad remembers

Debbie Strange

snowy woods 

my breathing 

fills the silence

Christopher Seep

skimming

through fine mist--

stars of the charioteer

Ruth Holzer

night rain 

the emptiness 

of a rusted tin drum 

Daipayan Nair

moon

into the clouds ----

single again

Manoj Sharma

even when 

we are gone…

cherry blossoms

Arvinder Kaur

island cemetery

sunburst lichen

obscures a surname

Brad Bennett

 

almost hearing them

barn swallows migrating

across the moon

Stuart Bartow

rain puddle

holding the ripples 

in the moon

Mona Bedi

 

insomnia

watching the snow

turn blue

John J. Han

alone

in the shape of midnight

an owl

Christine Eales

 

 

moon's pull…

I give the sea

my tired hands

 

 

Thomas Powell