Rounding the Pole

      by Yvonne Cabalona and Michael Dylan Welch

First published in Presence #67, July 2020, page 66. Originally written in October of 2007.

falling leaves
a tricycle rests
in the gutter                                                                   Yvonne

        a full moon
        halos the scarecrow                                              Michael

Indian summer
a tetherball rounds
the pole                                                                          Yvonne

dark fingernails . . .
I tell the tomatoes
of the frost warning                                                        Michael

        the infant’s lips
        phantom a suckle                                                   Yvonne

Halloween night—
from somewhere nearby
a wolf’s howl                                                                  Michael