A Published Poem

Good news today. I have a poem titled Autumn Opus published in the Weekly Avocet, an online magazine for nature poetry. The title is Autumn Opus and it was originally published in the Wisconsin Poets Calendar.

Autumn Opus


A lone goose calls.

Dry oak leaves crackle as I hurry to my seat.

The pond, a stage, reflects autumn’s fire.

Sections of oak and maple

Perform dressed in chestnut and honey.

They rustle to find their proper tune.


The symphony begins.

Adagio at first in the softest pianissimo

Beginning a slow crescendo as more trees join in.

The tempo picking up speed to my left and my right

First the aspen now the birch.

Fluttering they play this final movement

Full with stereophonic sound,

Leaves cascading in unison tapping and

Floating on sand and in pond.


Fall’s finale, a virtuoso performance—

Six geese in V formation honk an encore.

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Sue Twiggs

Marshfield, WI



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