Early October Snow by Robert Haight

It will not stay.

But this morning we wake to pale muslin

stretched across the grass.

The pumpkins, still in the fields, are planets

shrouded by clouds.

The Weber wears a dunce cap

and sits in the corner by the garage

where asters wrap scarves

around their necks to warm their blooms.

The leaves, still soldered to their branches

by a frozen drop of dew, splash

apple and pear paint along the roadsides.

It seems we have glanced out a window

into the near future, mid-December, say,

the black and white photo of winter

carefully laid over the present autumn,

like a morning we pause at the mirror

inspecting the single strand of hair

that overnight has turned to snow.

Early October Snow

Well here it is just as the title of Haight’s poem says – this morning we wake to pale muslin / stretched across the grass. Pumpkins are planets / shrouded by clouds, a dunce cap on the barbeque. Leaves still soldered to their branches / by a frozen drop of dew are now colourful splashes of apple and pear paint.

He gives us a picture, a black and white photo of winter / carefully laid over the present autumn. Then he creates another picture, the morning we first find the single strand of hair / that overnight has turned to snow. Unlike our grey hairs, this snow will not last, yet it marks the inexorable changing of the season.

It will not stay, this early October snow – perhaps it has already melted by the time you are reading this. Everything changes, this thin muslin blanket now seems to tell us, so we must appreciate the beauty we are offered each day. It will not stay.

9 thoughts on “Early October Snow by Robert Haight

  1. Jan,
    Once again you’ve chosen such a perfect poem. Haight captures so much in this beautifully crafted poem and you with your very wise and insightful comments. Thank you for giving us yet another moment of beauty to appreciate on this day. Love, Lisa

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