Elkhorn, Manitoba – October 9, 2019

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It’s still Fall think I, but
there must be a lie in what I view.
Just yesterday the sky was blue,
winds gentle, temperate,
trees golden, brown, scarlet.
Today, driven by solid force
pellets, not gentle flakes,
assault my cheeks and nose
plaster one side of birch tree trunks
perch on drooped leaves yellow and red
stucco white patterns on grass that’s green
changing the world so recently seen.
Corralled horses calmly munch fodder provided
paying no heed to what nature’s decided.

Frank Obrigewitsch, SJ, is pastor of St. Ignatius parish in Winnipeg.

  • Peter Larisey
    Posted at 10:31h, 05 November Reply

    Hello Frank,

    I thoroughly enjoyed your poem, “It’s still fall think I, but” with it’s chiming of hidden and partial rhymes and delicate architecture. Congratulations.
    Peter Larisey.

  • Eduardo Soto Parra
    Posted at 11:12h, 05 November Reply

    Only in Manitoba…those sudden changes of weather that often remind us our own spirits…

  • Caroline Maloney
    Posted at 17:39h, 05 November Reply

    Thank you! Your poem is so lovely, Fr. Frank and so right on, about the sudden change….and in southern Alberta too! Yesterday was like summer, but woke up this morning with at least five centimetres of snow. More on the way!
    As I shoveled, a wee lonely bird flew around me, as if to be a little surprised to, but also wondering why I hadn’t put any food out yet! So I did!
    Must read your poem again! Beautiful! Thank you!

    • Roy Frank Obrigewitsch
      Posted at 23:56h, 05 November Reply

      Thank you.
      That poor wee bird; I’m glad it found you and nourishment.

  • Karen Arthurs
    Posted at 19:23h, 05 November Reply

    A beautiful living description of our diverse Canadian weather and glorious nature.

  • Marlene Miller
    Posted at 21:06h, 05 November Reply

    This is a poem that is most beautiful when read aloud.

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