Monthly Archives: February 2019

Turning: A Poem



by Joel Howard


the trees chatter in tones

of ocher and umber

as a season swirls ‘round,

taking small shelter beyond bare

limbs trembling;


and the dark must soon

crowd the sun

earlier of a day, a woolly season

rising strong as cold seizes

life large and small;


when soon the gathered clouds

cry rivers fast and gray,

the first whisper of blossoms

and birds beckoning trills

gather as a presence to

send a season still;


the dank days

bid farewell, exiting in haste as dense

heat trumpets its joy

center stage, calling children

to dance barefoot upon the dry earth and

seize the tallest of days with revelry

and deep abandon.