by J.A. Pak

The murkiness of fall, light getting tossed and lost. The days cut off by damp chill with every thought a different variety of protection.

Things to buy: 

       winter socks 

       a humidifier

       electric mattress pad 

       wood for the fireplace 

       automatic timer for the porch lights

but only thinking about 

       warm, creamy soups 

       romantic movies 

       tropical islands

with all the things to do 

      get the gutters cleaned 

      chimney too 

      replace the shower head in Will's bathroom

      air out all the wool sweaters

      dry clean coats 

yet nothing gets done; need the invigorating frost of true winter.