October Magnolia

   look again, as
chilly rain drops 
from a dark gray
      sky, as we
watch slow decay
   and walk on by.

   magnolias do 
   a good show
   in the spring.
fabulous flowers
      never last
long enough.

   by october,
there is little
      of what it 
   used to be. 
no flowers left.

a sudden frost,
and then we see
      even leaves
   can survive
just so much:
    all must fall.

      we wait for
winter blizzards,
   to waken in
   icy mornings
to see shocking
white snowdrifts,

to watch warm
   pillows falling,
   changing our
      frozen world,
every landscape.

14 thoughts on “October Magnolia

  1. It’s quite an imagination to depict soft snow as warm pillows falling. Come to think of it we often don’t realise that it is the warm blanket nature requires to sleep, close the door to the world tuck in and settle into the long winter bed comfortably before waking up again and surprise us again, come, come, come, Spring, sweet magnolia will blossom before the leaves even think of showing up, they take so long to get up out of the winter bed.

    Interesting thought, – Appearing before bees did, the magnolia are theorized to have evolved to encourage pollination by beetles….to think they thought about that, so they evolved. Rest well magnolia., ancient of days, rest well, your time is come.


    1. Thank you Abby!

      When snow is falling and its cold, snow tends ro fall as individuak flakes. Beautiful.

      When it is a little warmer, snowflakes will fall in clumps. At the right temperature the clumps will get quite large. Like little pillows!


      1. I’ve lost all distinct memories of the snowflakes, how and when it falls. Thank goodness for the widespread virtual images to bring some remembrance but it can never be the supplement for the real thing, the whole experience.


      2. Although I must say in my family, besides me, and the call it jokingly selective amnesia, but yes the old folk can recall as if it happened yesterday. I tend to compartmentalize, shut it away and oft never speak about it again. It’s not a good thing really , the cracks are beginning to show after years in this form of data and emotional management.


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