Friday, 20 October 2017

october on the 53rd parallel

feathered sky
golden birch

soft sun

preparing to tuck in
tuck us all in
under the blanket
soon and sure to come

for now the yellow, red and orange
what we hold fast
one day soon waking to
falling flakes and

but for now inhale
breathe deep
the colours
'turning golden
high upon the hill'

with a little help from friends
and neighbours

Thursday, 19 October 2017


lots of them...
many many pairs
shoes and boots and shoes that look like boots and are kind of shoe/boots
people going in
people coming out
coming out with bags of shoes
many many shoes
hours and days
not how you usually measure shoes
but for the next several hours
and the next few days
many many shoes
who knew?
somebody knew
many seem to know
all about the shoes

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Hanging on

the frost has nipped the impatiens
downed the geraniums
put the heliotrope, lantana and anemones to bed
but one single pansy continues to bloom
a flash of purple in the late October afternoon sun

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

10:25 dining table checklist

  • sherbet green tape dispenser
  • small vase with spent eryngium sprigs
  • copy of Mapping Ideology
  • Route 1 bus schedule
  • molasses candy wrapper
  • pretty much done lip balm container (heading into prime lip balm season)
  • business cards
  • tissues
  • pencils
  • various denominations of our curious plastic money 
  • pencils (wooden and mechanical)
  • notes to self
  • notes to others
  • a letter awaiting reply
  • one snoozing 18 year old 'kitten'
  • place settings for future dinner parties when all the work is done

Monday, 9 October 2017

sweet sparrow

yesterday morning a tiny bird flew into the window
landing on the pew below
sitting for a long while
barely moving
we checked on the bird from time to time
hoping for the best
near noon the pew was empty
the small one recovered
flown away
our hearts a little lighter
our day a little brighter