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Chicagoetry: Longshadow


Every fall
I pretend I'm tall,

Lingering in the garden
Just after dawn where
Every long shadow is

A partial eclipse
Of the lawn.

Summer's short lease
Is waked by a
Blood moon over

The black lake,
Then begins
The earthbound borealis

Of gorgeous death:
"Triage in the foliage!"

Shocking gold,
Shimmering pink, burnt auburn
And beyond,

Silent fireworks
Whose brilliance sustains,
A heat-less conflagration

Undaunted by the wind-chilled

Here's the simple refreshment
Of change: the lowering sun
Re-boots the light,

The ground more yellow,
The sky more white
(Like cream in blueberry tea).

Arrange the gourd,
The maize, the
Cinnamon bound:

In ritual we reify
What was lost, what was found,
What was never around.

Laments both sacred
And mundane: where went love?
Who lost life?

I wish I was taller, thinner,
Had more discipline at dinner,
Then the recurring dream

Of the return to campus,
For the protected realm
Of the mind, and the loin.

"The promise of new love . . .
Mingled with pain,"

A harvest
Of things
And experiences,

An all-too-brief
Pause to gather,
To savor, to witness

And to mourn.

In every turning leaf
A lifetime of accumulated

I say:

Savor quaint pleasures
Before they pass
Because the pain

Is what tends to last.
Joy dies fast

And will fall
Like a leaf -
Like a life -

Back into the earth.

Now: A sturdy boot,
A layer of wool,
The belled and tasseled cap

Of the Fool.

Every turning leaf
Inures; another churning year




J.J. Tindall is the Beachwood's poet-in-residence. He welcomes your comments. Chicagoetry is an exclusive Beachwood collection-in-progress.


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Posted on October 14, 2015

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