What to Pack for the Autumnal Equinox – Nancy Jentsch

            stopped clock
for time to listen for falling leaves
staccato sparks of burning twigs

            roomy shoes
for a walk in search
of September’s solitary daisy

            clothes line and pins
to drip dry what the year has soaked
in loss and flaunted dreams

            bushel basket
light with warmth of the day
the green beans got canned

weighted with late-summer seeds
cascading portents of spring

            fleece blocks
quilted with wise stitches
to welcome the coming cold

            breath of lavender
to spice our pillow for the night
when dark and light make peace

Nancy JentschNancy Jentsch has taught German and Spanish at Northern Kentucky University for over 30 years. She has published numerous scholarly articles and her short fiction and poetry have appeared in journals such as The Journal of Kentucky Studies, the Aurorean, Postcard Poems and Prose, *82 Review and Masque & Spectacle. She has collaborated on a chapbook of ekphrastic poetry which is forthcoming from Finishing Line Press.