SNOW COVERS LEAVES!

It is snowing!

By morning, the leaf-covered yard will be white with the first snowfall.

2013 OCTOBER MAPLE
2013 OCTOBER MAPLE

Many trees in this area are still hanging on to their leaves–red, yellow, orange, some even green.

However, the cold season is fast approaching.

As October is winding down, will post some more thoughts and photos on this autumn month.

It has been a month filled with thanks and celebrations.

Thanks to Audrey Austin’s Small Town Authors website, it has been a great month for me to have a story featured for a few weeks. Time for a Change is an excerpt from a fiction piece that I will be working on for a while.

In the meantime, get ready for that snow!!!

 

NEIGHBOURS ALL!

 Recently, I received an invitation to contribute a themed “word list” to a poetry site that I visit quite often.

I chose a “neighbours” theme for the list posted so colourfully at http://withrealtoads.blogspot.ca/2013/10/get-listed-good-neighbors.html . 

In connection with that theme, I am reposting a poem that I wrote. If you stop by the link site, you can enjoy a few “autumn reads” by some amazing poets!

      

NEIGHBOURHOODS

By Patricia A. McGoldrick

It seems to me that neighbourhoods

Are kind of like pumpkin fields

Sprouting through clay soil

Growing up

Spurting outwards with sprawling green vines

Budding and blossoming in orange sherbet blooms

Folding frequently at the tip of new creations

Freckle-faced green growth

Bigger and rounder segmented appendages

Turning to orange    Carotene taking over

Vines shriveling to brown

The autumn field neighbourhood is dotted with

Orange pumpkin balls of all sizes and shades

‘Til harvest arrives, then, here come the pickers–

Some of the pumpkins are gone to new homes already

But, for those who are able,

A few more orange globes are captured

The carving begins

Designers of all ages plot a unique face

For their autumn gold and soon

Moist seeds are roasted, then salted, not sold

The promise of next year’s crop rests in the field

With the leftover seedlings

Continuing from the remainder of old neighbourhoods.                      

 *Previously published in Cyclamens & Swords, April 2009.