Tuesday, 20 December 2011

October Forecast


Bright with sunny periods
some cloud, occasional showers

says the local TV forecast.

It has been persistently precipitating
for more than twelve hours.

On the doorstep
a soggy mass of pulp
is all that is left
of my note to the milkman.

The dog wags her tail
in a desperate message;
I open the back door,
she steps out,
looks round,
then dashes for the nearest
patch of green,
does that she has to do.

Back inside,
the hearthrug
doubles as a towel.

Only an incoming aircraft
breaks the greyness
of the birdless sky.

Outside my window,
the sodden rosebush

© Gerald England

Composed: Gee Cross, 26th October 2001


2002 Curlew (UK)
2007 Famous Poets and Poems (Internet)

1 comment:

  1. The strength of the last two verses give it the power.