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November for Beginners

Despite wild storms recently, we still have some colorful foliage here in Maine.  For me the time changeover is hard; I don’t like the dark closing in so early.

Here is an elegant fall poem by the wonderful Rita Dove, who served as U.S. Poet Laureate from 1993 to 1995.  Copyright 1981 by Rita Dove.




Snow would be the easy

way out–that softening

sky like a sigh of relief

at finally being allowed

to yield.  No dice.

We stack twigs for burning

in glistening patches

but the rain won’t give.


So we wait, breeding

mood, making music

of decline.  We sit down

in the smell of the past

and rise in a light

that is already leaving.

We ache in secret,



a gloomy line

or two of German.

When spring comes

we promise to act

the fool.  Pour,

rain! Sail, wind,

with your cargo of zithers!


fall leaves and blue sky