love (i have lost count)

the oaks are naked now
their last rags wind-stripped

& though my breath
is a seen thing

i know heat
this side of winter

you have made me
less november

& more
something that blooms

About Susan L Daniels

I am a firm believer that politics are personal, that faith is expressed through action, and that life is something that must be loved and lived authentically--or why bother with any of it?
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36 Responses to love (i have lost count)

  1. jmgoyder says:

    That gave me goosebumps!

    • Aw, Julie–thank you! I was all set to sit down and write something clever about Election Day, and instead this insisted on coming out πŸ˜‰

      One Election Day poem coming up!

  2. Lori Lipsky says:

    Wonderful poem. I’d much rather read this than “something clever about Election Day!” Thank you.

  3. Green Speck says:

    Wow … this played with my mind !!!

  4. janehewey says:

    this brought on all kinds of goosebump sensations for me, Susan. lovely!

  5. Pat Hatt says:

    A way to skip winter, works for me haha really a great thing to feel such warmth at ones wing.

  6. hedgewitch says:

    Very evocative, compressed and effective. Enjoyed it much.

  7. brian miller says:

    you have made me less november…that is a beautiful line…love your creative imagery as well…the trees stripped of their rags….very nice opening….but that november line stole the show for me…

  8. Steve King says:

    Wonderful distillation of images and emotions. I always admire works where not a word is wasted—just like here. Nice job.

  9. Chaty Lorens says:

    I know, November is like that. The oaks are naked now (how I remember thatβ€”so few oaks here, now.) Lovely, Susan. For some reason I wish for more sadness hereβ€”I’m such a glutton for punishment; after all there is much beauty here:

    i know heat
    this side of winter
    Somehow less November, but can November be less?

    A beautiful poem, Susan. Another one. .

  10. Mary says:

    Beautifully expressed, Susan. All of us would yearn for this, I think, to make us feel less “November” at this time of year.

  11. Miriam E. says:

    had to smile at the ending. wonderful choice of words… “the oaks are naked now
    their last rags wind-stripped” this is just brilliant!

  12. OOOH! I like! The inference of essential change to self through relationship is a delight. Nicely penned. Not too much, not too little.

  13. Wow! Brilliant use of words

  14. kaykuala says:

    That’s a nice feeling. To be made to forget the cold and look forward to winter Wonderful write Susan!


  15. somehow you have made me less november….lovely!! thanks

  16. Beth Winter says:

    Beautiful… less November and more something that blooms.

  17. nelle says:

    Wish I was blooming about now! We still have a maple not quite shorn of leaves.

  18. Emily says:

    There are no words that can describe the delight this brought to me. Thank you.

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