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The Fifth Day of Rain
CJ Muchhala


melts into a silvery glaze,
plasters Octoberís leaves to the driveway,
a mosaic of mostly ovate yellows, some shreds
of faded red, here and there a whole,
still green and sharply pointed. †

A squirrel streaks across the deck, †
a green black walnut clamped in its mouth.
Already itís hidden two in plain sight
on the chimenea grate, another in †
the pot of mums. Bits of shell decorate
the deck railing, blacken the webbing of a chair.

Invisible chickadees chatter in the arbor vitae.
A junco darts to the neighborís feeder, †
then darts away, when a murmuration of †
starlings, south-bound, darkens the vitreous sky.

Drifting leaves, a weakened light, portents †
of cold and hunger. Itís time. †

© by CJ Muchhala.
Used with the author's permission.

CJ Muchhala lives in Shorewood,Wisconsin near Lake Michigan, but maintains a getaway on the Wisconsin River. Her poetry, fiction, and children's stories have been published in a variety of online and print journals, anthologies, and art/poetry exhibits. When she's not writing, CJ says she enjoys gardening "using the 'benign neglect theory," and baking bread "following the 5-minute method."



Post New Comment:
Janice Galt:
Relating to these images as I watch the coming of fall in my yard and patio. Thank you!
Posted 10/17/2023 09:42 AM
Lori Levy:
Beautiful images.
Posted 10/16/2023 05:34 PM
Lovely way to describe a rainy day, CJ, one to follow on our rainy days here in Seattle.
Posted 10/16/2023 02:29 PM
I felt I could see it all. Lovely indeed.
Posted 10/16/2023 12:20 PM
Tom Sharpe:
A murmuration is such a pretty word and a beautiful site when thousands of starlings sweep and sway.
Posted 10/16/2023 10:17 AM
Altogether lovely!
Posted 10/16/2023 09:54 AM
There is something intrinsically beautiful about this poem.
Posted 10/16/2023 09:23 AM
Wilda Morris:
Vividly descriptive! A beautiful poem.
Posted 10/16/2023 07:57 AM

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