No, but Yes, November

A response to “No!by Thomas Hood (1844)

©dorahak

November threatens forgetfulness
of summer’s desire, the yearn, the yawn, the yes!
of existence, with no! of “no shine,
no butterflies, no bees”

with creak of knees, lines of face
silver hair and brittle nails
and yes! wintry death of all desire
but for the joy in plenitude

carpe diem of eternity summering in You.


“Thus the snow loses its imprint in the sun.” (Dante, Paradiso)

For Cee's FOTD (Flower of the Day), a dahlia;
"No! Vember," d'verse's Poetics prompt, pays tribute to "No!" by Thomas Hood and asks that we take "a line from this poem and use it as springboard for a new poem." I chose "No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees."

Author: dorahak

The unearned splendor of being means we can always meet on a common plane of gratitude, aiming in conversation, art, and writing towards (as poet George Herbert said) “something understood.”

16 thoughts on “No, but Yes, November”

  1. I agree, Dora, with no, but yes to November. It’s a kind of sepia month, with only vestiges of the abundance of flowers and produce of summer and early autumn. But without it there would be no gentle nudge into December and the depths of winter. And I love the alliteration in “the yearn, the yawn, the yes!”

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