Observations in October

The lakes look vacant as the geese have flown
No butterflies adorn the sky
Longing and solitude drown
Into a puddle of indecision

Should I mourn what’s lost or rejoice what’s to be
An awkward pose to keep
I waiver side to side
My balance and gait lose rhythm
Throw off my stride

Hydrangea and Hostas turn toward the earth
Edges curl petals drop
Time to move aside
They said enough. They gave their all
Who heard, who noticed, who heeded?

A blanket unfolds and sleep is the next season.
When is enough, what is all?
When sleep is the next season
Someone translate please
Insomnia is complicit

dversepoets.com OLN Open Link Night. Poem of choice. Hello to Lillian our host and all who dare to go live and read their poetry. Also all who choose otherwise.

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 medium.com. 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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16 Responses to Observations in October

  1. Helen Dehner says:

    An exquisite poem ……

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  2. sanaarizvi says:

    “Should I mourn what’s lost or rejoice what’s to be,”… this is such a deeply thought-provoking poem, Mary! 💝💝 I do believe October is a time of year when we reflect and observe a lot.

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  3. Ain Starlingsson says:

    This really resonates…really like the accessible style very much, which does almost hide ‘gems’ such as the last 2 lines in the first stanza . This wonderful poem really takes you ‘there’ in the 2nd stanza. How so very true, expressed so neatly., with such impact, taking us carefully to your last line, which I find really troubles here at 1.43 am…..

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  4. Mary Hood says:

    So appreciative of your comments. So sorry you have to read at 1:43 am. I relate.


  5. K.Hartless says:

    Can sleep really be the next season. I am hopeful.

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  6. Ingrid says:

    I am suffering from insomnia myself at the moment, so can relate to this pondering. I am dealing with the seasonal change by immersing myself in literature. Not a bad option!

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  7. lillian says:

    Ah….the dreaded insomnia…..I have suffered that scourge occasionally. Usually of my own making though as in eating chocolate (way too much) before bedtime so the caffeine kicks in right as I’m ready to close my eyes!
    “A blanket unfolds and sleep is the next season.” LOVE this idea/wish!

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    • lillian says:

      PS: My first time to host OLN LIVE – I was a bit nervous, but it was fun. I was sure to invite folks to just attend….don’t feel they have to read. It’s so much fun to connect names with faces…and voices too just with quick comments after someone’s read. So, even if you don’t prefer to read, hoping, at least the next time I host OLN, you’ll drop by so we can see you…and enjoy your supportive presence as others read. 🙂

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      • Mary Hood says:

        I am working at the time it goes live, it is a valid reason. I have listened later and yes it is fun to put names to faces. I recorded myself at the beginning of Sept for a prompt Ingrid presented about the spoken word. It was daunting, but much is happening as a result of it.


  8. Mother Wintermoon says:

    Evocative and thought-provoking poem, Mary. 🙏


  9. rothpoetry says:

    Very nicely done Mary! I like the idea of sleep being the next step in the Fall season and perhaps in our season as well! I will take insomnia for a little while longer!


  10. merrildsmith says:

    I especially like the second stanza–we are in that transitional season. Much to think about here.
    I will be completely thrown off when we switch back to standard time!


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