Sonnet: Earth & Sky

Posted Sept. 12, 2010, at 9:31 p.m.

When seeds fly goldenrod & ragweed
Racing driven wind like birds
Across the sky, and sky like blue
From north wind water upward through
The clear & resonant air of fall
Reflects September seas,
The floods of summer cool in breezes;
Winter is a dark & reckless thing.

Reflections from the fluent earth
In tones immerse the clouds & burst
With measures warmer than the summer sun,
For you by sanctifying air
Reward irradiations field & straw
Resuming seed & leaf. The frost now thaws.

Jack Daw grew up near Portland and escaped to Waldo County in the late 1980s.