“That Other Fall,” a poem by Nora Delaney


And comes that other fall we name the fall:
ecstatic, each spiked oak leaf, each slim withe
whirls low in flame—candleshine, pale champagne.
The quercus catkin, wind-rippled, limb-torn,
falls to the mulchy earth.
                      Acorn cupules
drop on the thatched, brown tapestries of duff
and Indian Pipes lower pale white hoods
like monks: sanctificetur nomen tuum.

October is on the march again.
Its stone, opal, protects against illness:
the scourge that flanks the fall, rattlebones, ague,
       The fire of the heart–
shaped ember leaves that fall in mourning now
will smolder, warming our hearth through winter.

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See Nora Delaney read at the U35 series at the Marliave in Boston on Tuesday, July 20 at 7 PM

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Nora Delaney edits Sixty-Six: The Journal of Sonnet Studies and The Charles River Journal

She is also associate editor of Pen & Anvil Press, which has just reissued Melissa Green’s first book, The Squanicook Eclogues, a book that received the Norma Farber Award from the Poetry Society of America and the Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets upon its first publication.