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All Souls' Day

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Wind
     wild, warm, moist

Trees
     gothic evergreen
     stained glass deciduous
     red, rust, ochre
     bright burnt orange
     an ancient ruined cathedral
     roofless
     under a Yorkshire sky

Clouds
     big-bellied graphite billows
     fast forwarding
     unfolding patches of nitrogen blue
     mitred shafts of sun

In my chest a tempest

I'm immobilized
     in this tumult of beauty
     portent of
     the cold, the hard, the dark, dark days to
          come

-- Madalon Amenta

 

Madalon Amenta is a retired nurse who has lived in Squirrel Hill for 45 years. Many writers featured in Chapter & Verse are guests of Prosody, produced by Jan Beatty and Ellen Wadey. Prosody airs every Tuesday night at 7 on independent radio, WYEP 91.3 FM.

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