Here we are on the cusp of Autumn, waiting for the foliage to change and lamenting the widespread, devastating fires in the western US. I’ve used that scenario to draft a Nonet (technically a nonet-in-reverse) in response to Laura Bloomsbury’s challenge at dVerse Poets: to write a Nonet (read details here) using a given nine-syllable line to get us started or (in my case) close out our work.
This poem’s closing line is from W.S. Merwin’s poem To the Light of September.
News: No News
fades then bursts into
widespread wildfire orange.
Residents are forced to flee;
unwilling migrations begin:
Broken shadows across the cracked ground
~ 9 across for a count down ~