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Celebrating Autumn

Published October 7, 2017 by kdorholt

The trees brilliant–
burnished crimson, rust,
and varied yellow hues
lit by harvest sun.
Leaves rustled by the
crisp, cleansing air.
Eventually drifting
like monarchs to
the ground
forming mounds of
nature’s autumn jewels.
A generous gift,
this crescendo
of seasons. Yes!

No! My soul cries–
Decay smothers me,
bombarding my eyes
with beguiling beauty
Blood red and
jaundiced yellow abound.
Leaves withered with
blight-brown blotches
blown by remorseless
whorls of whining wind.
A season of cynically
seductive scenes.
A cataclysmic caution:
Death’s deceiving decimation.


Summer’s Valediction (9/22/17)

Published October 3, 2017 by kdorholt

I remember the book
and the small summer lake
encompassing loon lullabies

Dragonfly wings humming
at the sodden shore
among the new-sprung cattails

A southwest wind
rippling the water
into glistening waves

Weaving the wild grass
to hieroglyphics
my hair to ringlets

A soul gleaming
with summer expectations
and season’s stories

Each page I turned
held a memory
it seemed

Each sentence
I read
a simple song.

Sometimes Thirsty (Seniors at the A&W Drive-In)

Published September 30, 2017 by kdorholt

*Summer days were just a whisper when I wrote this poem, but they were present enough to make me long for an iced mug of root beer. From that desire, a memory sprang to mind about trips to the A&W Drive-in when I was younger and, consequently, the time I smashed a glob of ice cream from a float into the cheek of a boy I was dating. I am not proud of my action–it’s terrible. Yet . . . still . . . C’est la vie? (Written on 5/15/17.)

Sometimes, thirsty in
the not-quite-summer,
I remember your
still-unsunnied cheek
its ideal indentation–
an innocent unspoken
adolescent invitation–

The ice cream
about-to-melt scoop,
fecklessly floating
atop my
un-sipped A&W . . .
A faultless fit

The two become one.
Unbecoming–but fun!
(for the other)

In Innocence

Published April 29, 2017 by kdorholt

She romps along the furrows
in midst of meadow’s blooming
unencumbered by
random ruts and roots,
as if her toes have been
taught by lambs
how to prance in play.

Trilling, true giggles,
as easy and real
as raindrops in
a soothing summer shower,
mark her heart’s merriment
matching each felicitous footfall.

The flowers she caresses
bounce in willing harmony
to her body’s beat.
Colorful consorts to her
comfortable vulnerability.
Exclamations of unwavering joy
and guileless understanding.

See the emboldened sun
beat brighter at her
pure presence!
Hear the birds sing
this moment in the making
and its worth to the world!

Easter Nocturne

Published April 17, 2017 by kdorholt

It’s a Peter Pan
moon and clouds tonight,
the breeze a sweet-tempered sigh.
The soft sound of fairies’ wings
flutters faintly from
birch tree leaves above,
inviting thanksgiving,
comfort and wonder.

I accept the mellow mood
it makes in me
as song to my  soul–
the music of slumbering moments
replacing the vigorous living
of this most hopeful holiday–
and let memories linger
awhile with the moon
and  breeze and fairies’ wings.

We compose a prayer
of gratitude for this day’s gifts
and a benediction for tomorrow.

The Magic Touch

Published April 15, 2017 by kdorholt

In the middle of April
In “the North”
Crocuses and daffodils–
Confetti-like pops of color
In somewhat frozen fields of
Still-dead-brown fallen leaves–
Appear unannounced
All willy nilly
As if a whimsical wizard
Blithely skipped through
Touching his wand
To the ground
At promiscuous intervals
To surprise us from
Our end-of-winter gloom
“Feel the magic!”
“Enjoy the show!”
They tease our
Slumbering souls
And besotted by
Bits of beauty
We begin to
Peek through, too!

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