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OLFACTORY EFFLUENT

OLFACTORY EFFLUENT

I remember in high school

Taking a short field trip…

To the edge of town

To see sewage treatment.

Most of the tanks were uncovered

And from the first smell…

Some of my classmates shuddered

And didn’t feel so well.

Effluent from our city,

Like that of the towns around me…

Has hardly the best of bouquets

And often looks unsightly!

But the Upper Blackstone River

Treatment Plant I drive past…

On the way home from work time,

Has a less offensive smell cast.

It might be from the de-watered

Sludge piled up afterwards…

Next door, a convenient landfill

Takes care of former turds.

The water, once treated, is released

Back into the mighty Blackstone…

Supposedly clean for drinking,

But we use a well at home.

–Jonathan Caswell

AUTUMN FLORAL POP

AUTUMN FLORAL POP

Yellow, orange and red,

Art planted in flowerbed…

Purple and green

Accent this scene,

To show not everything’s dead.

Commercial properties

Ornamentals squeeze…

Right into Fall

Their money’s worth all,

To maximize customer “tease”.

–Jonathan Caswell

DREARY DAYS

DREARY DAYS

Birds flit among the mums

Totting up flower seed sums…

Chrysanthemums bright

Appear spots of light,

Where the last honey bee hums.

When dreary days are the norm

We look for any storm….

To clear the air,

And clear skies prepare–

Some sunlight would help us feel warm!

Overcast clouds and drizzle

Would anyones spirit fizzle…

But light from one’s heart

Rain clouds do part,

Thwarting the most evil missile.

–Jonathan Caswell

OCTOBER SKIES

OCTOBER SKIES

Alas, come cooler days,

Frosty windows and ground fog haze…

In autumn air

The time for fairs,

Before our ponds over-glaze.

When apples and autumn leaves fall,

Green finds use in market stalls…

A final push

Before winter’s whoosh,

And Jack Frost’s frigid call!

–Jonathan Caswell

AUTUMN AIRS

AUTUMN AIRS

Woodstove smoke

Circles ’round the bloke

Cutting wood for the winter…

Comes a yelp

And call for help,

He’s got a giant splinter!

Oh, my loves

Wear work gloves

When preparing for winter…

Or my dears

You’ll confirm fears

You’ve ignored this experienced hinter!

–Jonathan Caswell

RISKY RESOLUTION

RISKY RESOLUTION

I held my breath today

At what I was about to do…

Scatter by E-mail,

A poetic piece new.

A piece about God’s blessing

In mountain moonlight seen…

Creation as a glowing reminder

To look up toward His being.

Got feedback from one of my friends

Who said it came just in time…

Still holding my breath for others concerned,

But her returned blessing is mine!

–Jonathan Caswell

AUTUMN PLANTING

AUTUMN PLANTING

Ornamental colored cabbage,

Not edible but nice adage…

To hardy mums

For tidy sums,

A nice kind of corporate baggage!

–Jonathan Caswell

MIDNIGHT MOUNTAIN REFLECTIONS

MIDNIGHT MOUNTAIN REFLECTIONS

Moonlight on Crane Mountain,*

Godly glow around…

Take stock of blessings

Listening creation sounds.

Cool as dew has fallen,

Not cold enough to freeze…

Hear the Master calling:

Love Me more than these?

Wood stove warms against the cold,

Sit we either side…

Talking far into the night

In our Lord’s love abide!

–Jonathan Caswell

* Crane Mountain,  in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York (U.S.A.) .

EXECUTIVE TIMETABLE

EXECUTIVE TIMETABLE

Hardy mums planted in rows,

A sign that everybody knows…

Executive fair

For colder air,

Changing of the seasons shows!

Prepare–autumn equinox–

Put summer clothes into that box…

When flowers won’t bloom

Landscapers make room

For ornamental cabbage in spots.

It’s hard to think or remember,

Canopy side walls go back on in November…

Assuming we’ll see

No blizzards early,

Not likely til after September!

–Jonathan Caswell

LATE SUMMER CROP

LATE SUMMER CROP

Cherry tomatoes turning red

Cucumbers dried up all…

Our whiskey barrel’s season is through,

But marigolds are standing tall.

The vines are dried-up memories,

As are the bumper crops…

Just a few more weeks of temperatures

For swimsuits and flip-flops!

–Jonathan Caswell

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