New Hampshire by Howard Moss

The weather is inching down maybe 10 degrees this weekend... hardly even a taste of fall, much less winter.  However, we deserve a little taste of what's to come and I'm sure it will be here soon enough.

New Hampshire
By Howard Moss

When the loons cry,
The night seems blacker,
The water deeper.

Across the shore:
An eyelash-charcoal
Fringe of pine trees.

The lake reflects
Indefinite pewter,

And intermittent thunder
Lets us know

The gods are arriving,
One valley over.

After the long
Melancholy of the fall,
One longs for the crisp
Brass shout of winter—

The blaze of firewood,
The window’s spill
Of parlor lamplight
Across the snow.

Flaring like a match
Dropped in a dry patch,
One sunset tells
The spectrum’s story.

See the last hunter’s
Flashlight dim
As he hurries home

To his lighted window.


  1. I have so much I could say about how I long for a winter like this, but "Across the shore:/An eyeglass charcoal/Fringe of pine trees."

  2. Fall is not melancholy to me, but this is beautiful. Thank you for sharing it.

    Out if respect for you and the author, I'm pretending to have no comment about "when the loons cry"!

  3. This reminds me of the book "The Secret History" :)

  4. It's beautiful! Fall is by far my favorite season and I am so ready for it! Enjoy your weekend and the nice temperatures!

  5. ^I agree with Katrin. I'm so happy for a reprieve because I know there is a bit of summer left around these parts.

  6. such a beautiful ode to winter. we are slowly letting go of summer here, but i have a feeling one of these days it will suddenly turn and fall will be here.

  7. Winter is slowly leaving us and Summer is coming. It was in the 90's the past few days! Enjoy Winter!

  8. Wonderful poem Ruth. I can't believe how fast this year is going - let alone the summer. I'm enjoying the slight coolness from the normally excessive heat on this side of the world ;)

  9. I was talking to a client from Austin the other day and he mentioned that they were getting a cold snap down there an it might go from 100+ to the 80s. Yikes! I've already been using the heater in my car in the mornings and I'm so happy about it. :)


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