Woods by Joan McNerney

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Woods
by Joan McNerney

Sliding through arches
of elms…sunshine
yellow and warm as honey.

Moss crawls over mudstone
while squirrels skip
around tree stumps

Imagine to be a bird
in blue wind pushing
air through your wing.

After the long rain
pine trees bending
with cones.

Branches etch evening sky
turning razzle dazzle
purple red citron.

Leaves drop like butterflies
filling the floor of forest
with crunchy foliage.

PHOTO: Bear Mountain State Park, New York, in autumn, with view of the Hudson River.  Photo by Sudhagar Shanmugasigamani on Unsplash

NOTE FROM THE AUTHOR: “Woods” is about Bear Mountain, New York, in late October. I have also seen great white owls in this area.

NOTE: Bear Mountain State Park is a 5,205-acre state park located on the west bank of the Hudson River in Rockland and Orange counties, New York. The park offers biking, hiking, boating, picnicking, swimming, cross-country skiing, cross-country running, sledding, and ice skating. It also includes several facilities such as the Perkins Memorial Tower, the Trailside Museum and Zoo, the Bear Mountain Inn, a merry-go-round, pool, and a skating rink. 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Joan McNerney’s poetry is found in many literary magazines, such as Seven Circle Press, Dinner with the Muse, Poet Warriors, Blueline, and Halcyon Days, as well as in four Bright Hills Press anthologies, several editions of the  Poppy Road Review, and numerous Spectrum Publications.  Her latest title, The Muse In Miniature, is available on Amazon.com and Cyberwit.net.  She has four Best of the Net nominations.

 

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