Category Archives: family memories—gone

CHANGING TREE TANKA

CHANGING TREE TANKA

Colors start to pop,

Trees shut down their leaves’ supply…

Green leaves turn colors:

Morphology is working

Just the same in ev’ry year!

–J.E.C.

People come from far

And near…”peeping” foliage…

Brighter is better:

Bus loads come en mass to shop.

Local business harvests crops!

–J.E.C.

A final push all

Benefit from folderol…

Festivals light skies:

Candied apples and brown bread

Folks ready for winter dead.

–J.E.C.

Railroad excursions,

Northeast woodland incursions…

Train cars filled with joy:

Steam or diesel pull the trains,

Nostalgic commerce makes gains!

–Jonathan Caswell

SOUNDS LIKE VACATION TIME

SOUNDS LIKE VACATION TIME

At night it sounds like August,

Vacation before back-to-school…

I smell the moth balls in blankets

And sheets unfolded and cool.

(Evenings and mornings were cool.

Sixty degrees as a rule…

Just like this year

Autumn feels near,

This summer had most of us fooled!)

Dad would have built the first fire

While Mom said it was too warm…

We would have braved the mosquitoes

‘Cause the fire drove us to the swarms.

Would have gone to a Webster. Mass. market

Long gone—now sells auto parts…

Would have gotten my next taste of MOXIE,

Some years, we’d see fine arts.

The Summer Cottage is torn down,

The land is sold to a neighbor…

We couldn’t keep it

But for the night sounds, mem’ries ¬†and flavors!

–Jonagthan Caswell