Tag Archives: Autumn

Lentil Soup

Beads of soup-sweat cling

To my arm hair as I hack a hulk of turnip. Slabs of flesh,

sculpted into yellow dice, tumble

onto a hummock of carrots. Resting

 

On the surface of a simmering pot, a sliced leek splays,

Its silver loops belch hoops of pungent fog.

My window is crying.

 

The pot hisses and pirouetting lentils rise to the surface and tumble,

Dragging sodden leek down into the rolling stock.

Fists of steam punch the air,

Burst

Then creep and crawl

Around the walls like silver ghosts.  Waving.

 

I wipe my brow on a dishcloth; toss the root vegetables into the pot

Then open the window,

The smell of autumn  drifts  outside.

©Eilidh G Clark

Dead Summer

The following poem was published in The Write Angle Magazine, please check out some of their work on Blogspot .

 

Sheets of amber mist sweep into the woods

and trees,  burst like fireworks

red, orange, yellow and green –

flames against a charcoal sketch of the Trossach’s;

A jaggy cardboard silhouette cut out of a 1950’s film set.

 

Leaves peel from  sodden branches and rock-

A leg and a wing, to see the king, and land beneath

The soles of my Wellington boots,

which mix  the mulchy bracken, into the earth –

a cold casserole of dead summer.

 

The hill is a graveyard.

Thistle corpses are crispy baskets filled with fur, saluting.

Bramble bushes cower like woven nets clutching

Sleeping life. And autumn,

shoots freezing jets into the humid air,

before they rest in basins, waiting.

 

I feel them rise and creep into my hair as I descend

into the valley.

 

My feet kick up a swirling cloud that hovers

over grass. Snapping twigs rudely interrupt

a tap dancing gull,

it hops sideways over a flattened mole hill

which is waving a barbecue Hula Hoop flag.

 

I pause

The ghost of summer wraps around my neck like a feather boa.

©Eilidh G Clark