Sharing Stories

November chill brings this deer out to feed.


November is a splendid month.

The quiet child, no big fuss,

a corner on the calendar

before we make the turn for winter,

time to pause and reconsider.

Maples shedding leaf confetti--

summer yellows, pumpkin orange

beckon us to bid farewell.

Blink--another season's gone.

The air is Margarita chilled.

Breathe in deeply, drink your fill,

quench your thirst for cooler seasons.

Don't explain; you have your reasons.

Gusts of wind bring leaves to life

in haunted swirling circles,

stirring memories long forgotten.

Have I passed this way before?

All at once the trees are bare,

solitude in silhouette,

a leaf yet clinging here and there--

stubborn little orphan-ettes.

Branches naked, nest abandoned,

warblers heading places Latin.

Half an ounce of beating wing--

such a tiny fragile thing!

Life is dying so it seems.

In the graying daylight,

clouds assemble,

gloom convention.

Why is death so beautiful?

Diana Mercedes Howell

Diana Mercedes Howell is a Bellevue resident who writes poetry, short stories, and narrative nonfiction.

SHARING STORIES is a weekly column for and about the 50 plus crowd living in the Puget Sound region. Send your stories and photos to ariele@comcast.net. Tell local or personal stories; discuss concerns around aging and other issues; share solutions, good luck, and reasons to celebrate; poems are fine too. Pieces may be edited or excerpted. We reserve the right to select among pieces. Photos are always a plus and a one-sentence bio is requested (where you live, maybe age or career, retired status, etc.).

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