Friday, October 31, 2014

Where the Good Candy Lives

The word from the homeowner is that any little 
trick'r'treater who makes it past the ghouls, goblins, 
and spiders in this Halloween display will 
get a full size candy bar.

The haunting will begin around seven o'clock 
Halloween night, and continue until 
the stream of kids dies down. This home,
at the corner of Hollister Drive and 21st Place,
just off High School Road, has really been
dressed for the occasion.
The owners are looking forward to sharing
their handiwork with the visitors. 

Thursday, October 30, 2014

In the Neighborhood

This year, the leaves have given us wonderful color.
One doesn't even have to leave town to see 
the bright array of hues; it is in our backyards 
and just down the street.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

String Art

I love the little tendrils of fiber as they 
spiral away from the fading leaves.
There must be a reason for it, other than
for the eye-pleasing curves and
twists of light against dark. 
Just across the street, other lines thread
their way across the surface 
of the sidewalk, little dried rivers 
of sediment on the concrete map.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Matching Set: Berries and Leaves

Unlike last year, when the summer baked the trees 
and rainfall was sparse, this year gave us just enough of each 
so that we've had a colorful, mild autumn.
At the Coke field, the growth along the creek was
thick with a panorama of rich hues.
On one side of the bridge the bushes were still
bright green, with vibrant red berries,
while a few plants on the other side provided
a different, more analogous palette. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

At My Feet

The commute to my Saturday morning swim 
practice became something of a safari.
The buses were re-routed due to an event in the
downtown area, so I had to take different
buses than I usually do.
While waiting downtown, I looked up
at the hazy skyline to see yellow
leaves gleaming against the gray limestone.
As I rode northward, the sunlight began to
break through the overcast, making curtains
of golden light as it wove its way
through and around the autumn foliage.
Then, at my feet, a leafy carpet showed
its colors, a dewy tapestry 
in the morning light.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Window on the World, Er, Neighborhood

I heard the alarm. 
I was walking down the opposite side 
of the street. I'd heard it often enough 
before, coming from a back yard -- 
a very large yellow dog and his equally large 
ebony coated cohort, barking their warnings 
to passers-by. This time, however,
the bark was a bit muted. I looked around
to see the huge dog standing
in the front window of his home,
the sort of space usually reserved for
smaller breeds of dogs, Shih Tsu 
and the usual little yappers.
This guy, though, made the small dog
space a big dog throne,
where he gazed upon the passing throngs 
of 'others', and kept guard 
over his particular humans' territory.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Autumn, Tangled

In the tall grasses, autumn was caught 
among the leaves, a bit of contrast
tangled in the green.
And, a few feet away, the grasses
had been swirled and matted.
Had this site been the overnight bed
for a deer, or a for couple companionable 
city dogs, safely hidden from 
passing cars just a few feet away?