Monday, October 18, 2010

Autumn Envelope Insomnia




WOODS WALK, BURLINGTON, ONTARIO, OCTOBER 16, 2010



I could not sleep. I wrote things down on the back of a bedside envelope.

Stand beside the roadside.

Check the fire alarms.

Don’t forget drinking water.

Rise in a translucent curl, a mirror evaporating like night into dawn or sleep into smoke.

Dry cleaning.

Doctor’s appointment.

Autumn.

3 comments:

Mark D Dunn said...

Beautiful photo. Most leaves are gone up this way.

gary barwin said...

Thanks. Here it depends where you look. Hamilton has many almost micro-climates because, I think, of the escarpment and the lake. I wonder what it would feel like if the trees were always this way and it were permanently autumn?

Mark D Dunn said...

One of my unpublishable novels is set in a world of perpetual autumn. To me, it would feel like a constant now, an unending "adulthood." I likes the autumnal stuff.
Have great readings.