November

November geese in Saint Paul by the Mississippi (Photo: Derek Bakken/Flickr Creative Commons)

I raise my baton,
a rake, a half-chewed stick:
dry leaves crackle, snap
tympani for the horn toot
of geese flying south.
Paired wings overhead
wind instruments
playing a downbeat of air,
I listen to the hushed prayer.

Diane Wilson is a writer, walker, weeder, and waterer who claims to have taught her dog to whistle. Spirit Car: Journey to a Dakota Past was awarded a Minnesota Book Award in 2006 for creative nonfiction, memoir, and autobiography. Diane is part of the Saratoga Studio A.M. Sunday Writers. They meet every other Sunday morning in a small studio above a garage in Saint Paul.

Geese photo courtesy Derek Bakken. Visit Derek's photostream on Flickr.

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