Things Undone


The birds sense winter coming this morning.

Sparrows flutter, fight and search the eaves

for hiding places from the next season.

Blue jays, cardinals, chickadees, all anxiously feeding,

reminding me of things still left undone.


Knowing It Will End

That first leaf to abandon the summer –

at first I thought it was sad,

giving up early because of a few

cool days. But tonight, it feels brave.

Letting it end before it must end.