Sumac in October…

Open the front door
then the screen.
The sumac burns with October fire –
flaming vermilion. Banked oranges
spark the misty rectangle.
They glow against
a faded hedging, a green and straw lawn.
Outside, it is chill.
My insides are cinders, yet
the front door is a bellows
that fans my ashen heart
into life.

GM, October, 2008

10 Responses to “Sumac in October…”

  1. Paul Says:

    I love the image of passing through the door being a bellows!

  2. Deborah Barlow Says:

    I can feel the cold in this poem as well as the brilliant saturated color. Ashen heart and bellowing door, that’s a tension that speaks loudly to me.

  3. christine Says:

    i love it when you treat us to a poem. This one has the passion of the season, the thrill of the color, and the inner thrill of what the scene means to the narrator. Well done, G.

  4. quidam08 Says:

    doors and the changing colors of the seasons. it feels like its all about transitions and passion. nice.

  5. Marsha J. O'Brien Says:

    Exquisite! Love to you!

  6. The Querulous Squirrel Says:

    A visual artist’s poem, inside and out, vermilion and cinders.

  7. The Querulous Squirrel Says:

    game for nanowrimo buddies, nov1-30?

  8. S.L. Corsua Says:

    I, too, enjoy the imagery here. Sumac, oranges, rectangle, hedge, bellows — all comprise such a visual treat to the mind. 😉 Cheers.

  9. suburbanlife Says:

    I must apologize to all of you for thanking you late for your kind comments. November has been a wipeout for me – bad sinus infection recurring, am on my fourth week now and frankly very fed up with the whole shebang.

    This week, it’s as if winter has nodded around the corner – all the leaves have fallen. It always catches me and leaves me disbelieving, this passage. So now it’s time to hunker down for the Solstice. G

  10. thecheesewolf Says:

    can taste the stuff as I read. Beautifully written.

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