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.

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

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

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

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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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 "http://30daysofbiking.com/ 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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