October in Vermont

by John Lindgren

Endings are always more difficult than beginnings.
Don't ask me why I remember
lying alone in the grass at dusk, gored
by the tiny horns of snails,
filaments of spider-silk like threads
of starlight across my eyes. I was listening
to the orange and blue
leaves explain my countless lives,
so many that I could not make out a single word.
Their colors wound each of us
in unnameable, and different ways.
By day they are the splayed hands of children
held up in self-wonderment.
At night they are the flutterings of dying birds.
Lighting my way with a dandelion
I hold in one hand like a sparkler,
in the other a jar of fireflies,
I make my way through the forking darkness
as the leafless trees climb the night like stairs.

please note: art by Yayoi Kusama, Fireflies on Water


  1. For some reason this reminds me of the Owl City song, "Fireflies". Lol.

    LOVE the picture on your header! That's so awesome.

  2. You find the most beautiful things... I don't know how you do it...

    At some point in your hospital work were you secretly sedated, and someone performed a small operation to implant a beautiful-thing-attractor-magnet just behind your left ear ?

  3. I don't know why it just hit me - maybe the magpie with it's curious and intent gaze on the masthead did the trick - that those shiny objects you collect are the wonderful poetry and photos you gather and share so generously. I find myself wondering where you find all these wonderful and frequently seasonally evocative shiny objects - and I'm always amazed at the congruence and resonance between word and image. I just scrolled through October so far - bravo, and thanks!

  4. I lived in Vermont once. I'm trying to remember if it was like this...I think the rain is the common denmominator. Love your new header.

  5. What wonderful musings! And the photo is spectacular too.

  6. Again...beautiful.
    thank you.

  7. Wow. Very powerful, and as always the perfect picture. Thank you.


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