September Hope by Candlelight

Broken shadows across the cracked ground
your grave day lost in flurried words
like September leaves across
yesterday’s hallowed ground
grief yet uninterred:
you six years gone
from my sight
till Day
breaks.


Written for dVerse’s “Poetic: 9 across for a countdown,” this nonet begins with a line from W.S. Merwin’s “To the Light of September:”

… and for now it seems as though
you are still summer
still the high familiar
endless summer
yet with a glint
of bronze in the chill mornings
and the late yellow petals
of the mullein fluttering
on the stalks that lean
over their broken
shadows across the cracked ground…

W. S. Merwin, “To the Light of September”
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18 thoughts on “September Hope by Candlelight”

  1. I love what you did with this one. Such a sad poem and so well done!
    This is a really great image:
    your grave day lost in flurried words
    like September leaves across
    yesterday’s hallowed ground

    Like

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