On the cusp

Rilke observed that it is in early Spring and early Autumn that the natural world changes most quickly, although doubtless this is the observation of a European. I seem to notice year after year that there is an early nip in the air from late August on. Here is a short poem on the subject, which takes its inspiration from the simplicity of imagist poetry.

Summer died between two pages
caught in print.
Turning to look
all I saw was sun through mist
over damp fields
A gust of wind banged the kitchen door.




Published by davidcookpoet

I am a husband, father and grandfather. I retired from a busy working life as an adult psychiatrist in 2014. My interests are in literature, philosophy, modern jazz and horse racing. I might represent those four fields by Shakespeare, Kant, Charlie Parker and Lester Piggott. Like nearly all of us, I can identify a number of formative experiences, one of which was a psychotic episode in my first year as a psychiatrist. This reinforced an already established interest in mystical experience, and a sense of how little human beings know. My intellectual bugbear is reductive materialism, and I am surprised at the lack of moral imagination of those who promulgate such views. It seems to me they need to consider ,perhaps by exposure, just why totalitarianism is so horrific.

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