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Thursday, October 01, 2020


by Katrinka Moore

Smoke rises over a vineyard as the Glass Fire burns. Calistoga, CA, September 28, 2020. Credit: Noah Berger/AP via The Washington Post, September 30, 2020.

Slow-dying ash    still mostly
thick and green    though now                        
the leaves are yellowing                                 
The high bare limbs     a haunt
of choice for goldfinches    who
facing east     warble as the sun
appears     a deep red sphere    
crosses the sky shrouded
in haze     Come night                        
the stars and even Jupiter
are dim     Three thousand
miles away     wildfires
rage another morning     Here   
bright singing birds    the glow
of early     color-shifting     fall

Katrinka Moore's latest book is Wayfarers. She lives in Schoharie County, NY.