Happy Equinox!

I celebrated the September Equinox with a virtual visit to Charles House to talk autumnal poetry with the folks there. We spent the last fifteen minutes composing one of our own and it turned out pretty good so I stole the best lines for the poem below.

September 22nd

Sunset leaves drift to ground
silent in the equinoctial dusk
our footfalls disturb their rest
crunching— scattering— releasing
that crisp aroma of earth and death

We are tethered to the past—
raking rusty piles
tumbling into joyful beds
as time drags us down
from branches— from childhood
from summer noon
to autumnal twilight
as winter stars
rise in the east

About Bartholomew Barker

Bartholomew Barker is one of the organizers of Living Poetry, a collection of poets and poetry lovers in the Triangle region of North Carolina. Born and raised in Ohio, studied in Chicago, he worked in Connecticut for nearly twenty years before moving to Hillsborough where he makes money as a computer programmer to fund his poetry habit.
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8 Responses to Happy Equinox!

  1. Cassa Bassa says:

    Beautiful, splendid!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Lisa Tomey says:

    Lovely autumn welcome.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Katy Claire says:

    Beautiful! I love “We are tethered to the past—
    raking rusty piles” and how you finished it with those last lines and “winter stars”. Lovely.

    Liked by 1 person

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