One small voice in the shift between October and November

For days, the steady pounding rain
drowned out the poetry that bubbled
in my soul; my small voice hobbled,

stuck in the mud of an old-fashioned October.
But this morning, on the cusp of November,
bright stained-glass shadows dappled

the sodden grass, where unexpected sun
illuminated the willow in the garden
disrobing yellow leaves before it goes to sleep.

Kim M. Russell, 28th October 2019

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My response to Imaginary Garden with Real Toads Kerry Says: What is Metamodernism?

Kerry has taken a dive into metamodernism. She believes that we, as a collective of ‘toads’ have fulfilled all the criteria of metamodernism and asks us to write poems, give our voices to something bigger than ourselves and which cannot exist without us: a new culture of literature, art and communication.

29 thoughts on “One small voice in the shift between October and November

  1. This is wonderful, Kim. Your focus on transitions, I think, is what metamodernism is about – the meta part certainly. Here your transition from month to month, from gloom to a more hopeful blooming of light is perfect.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comment and for confirming that my focus is indeed metamodernist. I enjoy these challenging prompts that make my ageing brain work harder.


  2. Dappled is one of my favorite words, to me it sounds just like it looks. I can relate to the crisp sunny day and the onslaught of words. And “willow in the garden disrobing yellow leaves before it goes to sleep” is wonderful.

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    1. Thank you, Linda. Mojo did come back, at three in the morning, but she’s disappeared again today, scared off by the builders. They’re installing the stairs as I write – at just gone seven in the evening. I hope they finish in time for me to go to bed – I’ve been sleeping on the sofa since last Thursday!

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  3. Going from October into November is big with me as the two seem so different, you told of this very nicely. For me the last two days are like finally getting to the “M” road. Today, the 30th is my birthday, and follow that with Halloween will make all here ready.

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