‘New England November’ By Elaine Reardon


“A small beaten gold boat complete with oars & oarlocks was found in a lake in Ireland, part of a tribute to Manannán mac Lir. It resides in the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin.”  — Elaine Reardon

New England November

Tail end of autumn
the in-between time
bare maples branches
dry leaves scuttle


A young bear pushes his nose
into heaped up leaves
poking through for acorns
coyotes howl late afternoon


Once twilight falls
barred owls call right up
until bed time
The land reads brown and grey


Scattered red berries
puckered purple grapes.
Winter hasn’t emerged yet
although she’s expected


Garden plots are cleared
in anticipation of her arrival
like the tide line between sand and sea
November separates seasons


Of life pushing out of seed and egg
then returning to ground
November waits for those last geese to fly
holds her cards close to her chest


Listen to the water ripple against the shore
and honor Manannán mac Lir
I have not beaten gold into form
but I place an offering in the water




“Heaven and earth are trapped in visible form: all things emerged from within the writing brush.” — Lu Chi

Elaine is a poet, herbalist, educator, and member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators. Her chapbook from Flutter Press, The Heart is a Nursery For Hope, won first honors.Recently Elaine’s poetry has been published by Crossways Journal, UCLA journal, Automatic Pilot, Nicht.com ,  MA Poet of the Moment. She has a website at elainereardon.wordpress.com, and lives deep in the Massachusetts forest. Find her on Twitter @elainereardon33

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