A sonnet to a tree that sheds leaves in late summer. A tribute to the sweetgum, a species I tolerate so long as it shades.
Wonderful, Mark - thank you for a terrific read! Lovely to read - and of course to see! - the different stages of your process. I hadn't heard of the sweetgum, so I looked it up. It's a type of liquidambar - a relation of one in our tiny front garden. It's about to change its clothes into glorious autumn colour!
Enjoyed this, Mark. I love the image of “punched tickets” - like we went to a party or concert and celebrated, and now the fall shows the remnants of a good time had. And thank you for the Wendell Berry poem, looking forward to reading it in context with my own poetry development
I like all of Wendell Berry’s poem ... and big parts of yours :)