Two Novembers

November last year
She was breathing in salt air
Standing on the shoreline
Watching waves surge valiantly
Only to recede in surrender
Again and again and again
Ever the same, give and take
As it spoke balance and solace

November at present
Cold, dank and bleak
among mountains and hills
Winds surge as rain pelts
on unraked leaves upon her lawn
And she surges and surrenders
Again and again and again
Like the ocean she remembers
As she seeks balance and solace


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About Mary (tqhousecat)

I am a wife and a mother of two grown children. I love Jesus and sharing my faith through written words. I currently have a poetry blog and also write on My main focus is hope in Christ. I only wish that whoever reads this will be blessed, inspired and occasionally amused.
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9 Responses to Two Novembers

  1. Frank Hubeny says:

    I assume the “she” in the poem has died between these two Novembers. I like the continuity between speaking and seeking “balance and solace”.

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  2. kim881 says:

    Yes, so much can happen in a year. Would the meaning change if you reversed the stanzas.

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  3. Laura Bloomsbury says:

    I like this juxtaposition of time and place with the one constant

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  4. hypercryptical says:

    A day a week a month a year can bring with it desperate change and how bleak our world becomes.
    I hope balance and solace are found.
    Anna :o]

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  5. I can feel the weight of life as a necklace of all the past novembers.

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  6. mhmp77 says:


    Cold, dank and bleak
    among mountains and hills
    Winds surge as rain pelts

    Such strong contrasts in a space of one year. Something’s not right somewhere!



  7. Sue Anderson says:

    I really liked the balance in your poem. I didn’t pick up on there being a death. I took it more as a state of mind. Loved it.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Grace says:

    I love that ending – seeking solace and balance ~


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