The days were declining fast –
It was that time of year,
When the log pile stacked out in the yard,
Was uncovered and prepared.
Some were taken to the shed,
Others by the fire,
And a heavy curtain hung inside the door,
To waylay the draughts desire.
The eiderdowns, not used since May –
Were taken down again.
The lights switched on at 4 o’clock,
I was in bed by ten.
The first signs of the frozen dew,
Evaporating on the fields,
In the rays of the morning sun,
As the darkness was repealed.
Some days there was persistent rain –
Others bright, although not too warm,
And those that understood the call of birds,
Could predict a coming storm.
The radiators all were bled,
As the heating was turned on;
I still hear the gurgling water in my head,
Every year, when the change of days are about to come.
DECEMBER 2020 AUTHOR OF THE MONTH at Spillwords Press
John Anthony Fingleton was born in Cork City, in the Republic of Ireland. Now living in Paraguay, South America. Poems published in journals and anthologies in Ireland, UK, USA, India and France as well as three produced plays. Poems read on Irish and American radio as well in Spanish on South American broadcasts. Contributed to four books of poetry for children. Has poems published in Spillwords, Alien Bhudda, The Red Door, Piker Press, Super Poetry Highway, The Writers Magazine, Ariel Chart, and numerous national and international journals, blogs, reviews, and anthologies. Poet of the Year (2016) Destiny Poets International Community. Poet of the Month (March 2019) Our Poetry Archive. Poet of the Month (April 2019) The League of Poets. Author of the Month (December 2020) Spillwords. First solo collection 'Poems from the Shadowlands' was published in November 2017, 'Words That Found Me' December 2019, 'Poems From The Banks' January 2020, 'Poems from a Restricted Place' April 2020, 'Secret Fjords' May 2020, 'A Gathering Of Words' June 2020, and ‘Lost Places And Other Poems’ January 9th 2021. All which are available on Amazon.
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