Saturday 26 November 2016. The First Starkness of November

It was 36 degrees F at 8:25 this morning under clearing skies as, after what seemed like so long, departed for Meadowbrook Park.

Stopped for the mushrooms,
No fresh ones after the freeze,
Only dry remains.


A little way down
Saw a shapely syacamore
With expressive limbs.


At Meadowbrook Park
Crossed the rabbit-statue bridge
Stopped for a photo.


Meadowbrook’s turned brown,
Quite suddenly, since last time,
It made me feel sad.


It always happens,
But today I felt the loss
Way in my innards.


These days, one wonders
Whether next spring still will come.
Or was this the last?

Then, ice on the bridge.
Where suddenly tried to stop;
Nearly took a spill.


Stopped to see the creek.
Getting used to the cleared space
That the stream runs through.


Stark, pointy remains
Of once-large compass flowers
Stood against pale grass.


Farther on there were
Lots of dark indigo pods
Shaking on their stalks.


Will tomorrow come?
Leave that question unanswered.
Just embrace today.


About Velo du Jour

I am a 61 year old mom/wife, former biologist, and presently certified Iyengar yoga teacher, and I love, besides biking (and other things), nature, swimming, drawing, photography, yarn, exploring adoption themes, and putting people at ease. In April 2012, I participated in "30 Days of Biking " on Twitter, sponsored by a group of "joyful cyclists" in Minneapolis during the month of April. I loved tweeting about each day's ride so much I didn't want to stop! "Velo du Jour" is a continuation of recording and sharing my rides post-30 Days of Biking.
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