Friday, November 3, 2017

"The Reckoning" by Terri Lynn Cummings

The Reckoning
Terri Lynn Cummings

Curls unfurl into spring
and gardens sprout children –
each with a story of their own
like bees and dreams and streets

The tooth of summer
hones its bite on staring skin
and the hustle of wind
from the billion candles of childhood 

Sunlight shimmies down willows
and falls into shapes
like eyebrows raised in question
or thumbs hitching a ride to autumn

Showers of color ebb and flow
heady and sharp like flames of a fire
spines of wood emptying the page
clearing the path for a new story

Nature straddles the sled of winter
dons the meaning of every change 
hails the race of thrift and drift
to the dark prize of homecoming

Curls unfurl into spring
and gardens sprout children –
each with a story of their own
like bees and dreams and streets….

Change rattles in pockets and purses
adding up to the sum of all seasons
though promise demands my patience (aloof)
hoeing the long lane to heaven

Poet’s Notes:  The changing of a season beckons my reflections on past and future. Seasons of birth, childhood, maturity, aging, death, and renewal are depicted in nature. Such lessons help to stem the tide of worry about mortality, if only we open our eyes and minds. 

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