September morning 6am

lemon and orange
backdrop
grey magenta
cloud smears
in the eastern sky

the dog pees
by the light of my headlamp

A just past
full moon
sets
in the west

a beautiful
October dawn
though
calendar says
still summer

last night
we slept
with windows
closed

today we walked
in fleece
and pants

but this is still
new england so
don't store the
shorts away just yet

the sweating time
will reappear

(Sept 2011)

Ann-Patrice Hickey