October Oak

October Oak

as daylight hours decrease
trees will lose leaves

these colours come 
around each fall

green leaves grow dim
changing colours 
almost overnight

one day you see
a bright orange tree

and suddenly know
october's back again

summer cumulus
clouds become cirrus

nights become chilly

the time comes for
fall gardening jobs

there are shrubs to trim
many leaves to rake

soon it will be too cold
you know we're going

into winter's deadly cold

most importantly
see and enjoy the colours


under the cedars
   BX creek washes
   a very tiny world.

we step carefully,
      leaving no 

      witness to
our passing.

like ants, we
      walk our
pointless paths,
in many ways,

and like to think
      ourselves so

but we are not.

   a lttle water
rounded rocks,

the cedars know.
   that water is

we need it too,
cleansing and

some kindness
   to our souls.

Solitary Skeleton

Solitary Skeleton

      under all the
      conifers, i see
a lonely skeleton,

   and understand
part of what i see.

      i myself have
a solitary aspect.
      my bones
   carry my flesh;

my body carries me.

a day will come,
      no doubt,
   when i too,
am stripped
      to bone,

like a mushroom,
      which i still
don't understand
   in full detail.

and though we all
   want company,
my day will come:

i will be solitary,
and go meet the 
      beautiful light.

October Thistle

black is white,
      they want 
   to tell me.

i won't make
that mistake
   really soon.

   but they count
on me and you,

      to believe
the nonsense
that they spew.

      angry at us
when we won't
   swallow all
      the muck,

      in which 
they wallow.

      i might like
a soapbox too,

   to stand on
and shout out
   what's true.

black is black
   and white 
      is white,

      may they 
always meet!

wrong is wrong;
      right is right,
we must be careful.

darkness may
up the light.

when we see
the shadows
coming close,

   shout danger, 
danger, danger!

      push those
   shadows back
to dusty corners
   in evil minds.

A Little Rain

   a little rain
      has never
hurt me much.

   always I've
      dried out
and carried on.

      i am not safe
from drowning,
   but i have not
   done that yet.

      history may
guide us if we're 
   wise enough.

we know it isn't a 
      perfect guide,
but it can help
   save us from
serious errors .

   rain washes
the windows,
   as i look out
this cold, damp
      autumn day.

   a little rain
      has never
hurt me much.