The Last of the Firewood By Doug Lonsdale

the last of the firewood

is piled up
in the lingering twilight


the moon is adrift and rising

in stately silence
through the ragged silhouette

of jack pine

full of promise
drunk with stories
and legend
the season unfolding

in softer hues
tinting crisp days
conjuring a deeper tint

into the depths of the nights
quieter now
songbirds flown and gone
mothers have called their children home

the silence deepens

the stillness settles

crickets and moonlight

and moonlight

and moonlight

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