September, and somewhere the last
of the sycamore leaves
have returned to earth.
Wind clears the sky of clouds.
What's left here? Grouse, silver salmon,
and the struck pine not far from the house.
A tree hit by lightning. But even now
beginning to live again. A few shoots
Stephen Foster's "Maggie by My Side"
plays on the radio.
I listen with my eyes far away.