Literary Hook: A morning meditation poem to start off October

By Christine Swanberg

Author and Poet

Haven’t we had a beautiful, cool and lush summer with a lovely, toasty September? Is there anything that compares to a bright, crisp fall day?

Have you noticed the golden sunrises and coral sunsets lately? The slant of the September sun? The impending bite and fragrance of fermentation in the fall air?

Here is a morning meditation poem to start off October.

October Morning

The street is quiet as cotton here,

Today, and the air Nordic sweet—

A luscious alchemy of blue spruce,

White pine, Russian sage, lemon mint

And lavender gone to seed, blended

With smoky leaves and woods of autumn.

Here, the prairie garden wraps around us

With its limber maiden grasses, its tassels

Like a hundred wish-granting wands.

Hardy mauve sedum and goldenrod.

Let morning meander through lacey

Honey locusts as water trickles beneath

The periwinkle myrtle that winds

Beneath the service berry tree.

Let one red-veined leaf float

From the sunset maple and land

On the birdbath’s lip. Let its yellow

Complications lift like cabbage moths.

Let this day begin.

This poem was first published in Who Walks Among the Trees with Charity, Wind Pubications, 2005.

Christine Swanberg is a local author and poet who has written several books of poetry.

From the September 30 – October 6, 2009 issue.

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