Chill in the Air

Carole & Amy are up in the mountains tonight doing an art thing with SLU students. They took Angel the lab with them, who is no doubt in 7th heaven soaking up the love of hippie girls with no terriers around. I'm home with the terriers. Almost built a fire tonight. Rainy & damp all day & it's going to get down into the 30s tonight, though no frost is forecast. Brought the more temperature sensitive bonsai in onto the porch tonight. Won't be long before I have to harvest my chili peppers & basil. Still lots of gravel & mulch to move around outside before the snow flies. We usually get our first snow around the end of October.

Author: jd

Joseph Duemer is Professor of Literature Emeritus at Clarkson University in northern New York state. His most recent book of poems is Magical Thinking from Ohio State University Press. Since the mid-1990s he has spent a good deal of time in Vietnam, mostly Hanoi. He lives with his wife Carole & five terriers (four Jack Russells & one Patterdale) on the stony bank of the Raquette River in South Colton.

1 thought on “Chill in the Air”


    Early morning band practice
    blue herons making a stand
    in the high arms of oaks
    a feather oracles to earth

    I am as mortal as I want to be
    seems the kind of magic
    the sky prefers having become
    what it worshipped

    blue as what light
    holds up against blackness
    as with most wings

    totally unmoored unprincipled
    until felt out against
    the beauty of their loss.

Comments are closed.