Between Novembers

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Between Novembers

Your tumbled arrival during a Chicago storm

set the tone, set your course, became the norm

The gale force winds, set to twirling all the swirly

things, you rolled away calling no place home



Between Novembers the gale took the

shingles from the roof and mudslides washed away the barn

The wind howled as it whistled down the well

and the rains once they started never seemed to stop

The clouds rumbled and swelled with nary a glimpse of blue



Beetles burrowed in and turned strong wood to sawdust

Branches fell to the ground and the trunk split as the weight of it

all took its toll, the wood cut down to size was stacked and forgotten

Sun baked seasons passed and the stacked wood fell into the weeds

Yet the wood still hopes to fight off the devil’s chill

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Phyllis Doyle 10 months ago from High desert of Nevada.

Hi Mike. Your poem really gives me some deep thoughts. Very well-written. Sharing on H and Pinning.

I love the videos you chose - Thanks.

PS: I love the title. Very nice.


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marcoujor 10 months ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear Mike,

My eyes have not deceived me...it is neither Friday nor Nuelle but it is a luxury to find a post from you...I have missed your poetry very much.

I'm reading much symbolism in this profoundly stirring piece...but I may be projecting - a perk of being a Friedman fanatic I have found...:)

Garth was one of Mom's favorite new c&w artists (me too)...love this tune which is new to me...as well as the relaxing (to me) sounds of thunder.

Thanks for a weekend smile...will revisit often. Hugs, Maria


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mckbirdbks 10 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Phyllis - thank you. Yes, certainly some deep thoughts here. I calculated that at least a piece of dark poetry would not make anyone cry. I appreciate the nice comment.


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mckbirdbks 10 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello mar. Good morning. I am not a huge Country Western fan, but once I write something I go in search of something to accompany the piece. And these two pieces seemed to fit. My music knowledge has grown considerably since I arrived at HP.

I have written a few pieces of poetry since the Emerald Wells Cafe days. Not many though. I should get back to it. They are such a good way to release all those mixed thoughts.

I appreciate your continued support.


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always exploring 10 months ago from Southern Illinois

What's this? You writing poetry? Yea. I remember when that was your passion. This piece was very much like my winter, snow, ice and mud. I especially liked, The wood still hopes to drive off the devil's chill.


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mckbirdbks 10 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Ruby. I never wrote a story until I arrived at Hubpages. There were a few very bad poems in a folder that has followed me from place to place.

Thanks for visiting this fine, though chilly afternoon.


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Missy Smith 10 months ago from Florida

This is a very nice poem. This actually reminded me of one of my favorite poets; Robert Frost. It had a similar flow and feel as some of his poetry. When I was reading it, I heard his voice recite it. So, in saying that, I really, really, liked your poem. :)

No offense, but I didn't listen to the song by Garth. I'm not a big fan, but it's probably because my first boyfriend thought he was a country star, and he sang and played Garth's songs to death!! Especially "The Thunder Rolls" Ugh!! lol.

https://youtu.be/hfOxdZfo0gs


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mckbirdbks 10 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Missy Smith. I am not a big Country Western fan. The song just seems to fit.

Thank you for the very nice compliment. Most appreciated.

The video was a nice garnish to your comment.


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Jodah 10 months ago from Queensland Australia

This is the first piece of poetry of have read from you Mike, and I'm not disappointed. It was very descriptive And an enjoyable read. The name "Between Novembers" attracted me. Wonderful accompanying videos as well.


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mckbirdbks 10 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello John. Thank you. In the olden days of HP I had a series known as Emerald Cafe. There I hosted Speakeasy Night where the Regulars all brought their poetry together for reading and sharing pastry and wine together. It was by best series.

I appreciate the visit today.


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Genna East 10 months ago from Massachusetts, USA

Mike, I have long suspected that you are a true poet. This poetry is beautiful work. :-) And the music is the perfect complement.


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mckbirdbks 10 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Thank you Genna. Coming from a poet of your caliber that is high praise.

Enjoy your Sunday and I hope you are getting back near 100%


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PoetwoPoem 10 months ago from Dallas

Great poem mike it put me in a thoughtful mood about time.


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mckbirdbks 10 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello PoetwoPoem. Thank you. I appreciate your visit and comment this evening.


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billybuc 10 months ago from Olympia, WA

Well I am a country fan and I did listen to the music and I did enjoy your return to poetry.....I love me a dark poem. :)


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mckbirdbks 10 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Good morning Bill. Thanks for the visit this morning. Yes, a good dark poem can be just what is needed.


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MartieCoetser 10 months ago from South Africa

What a perfect description of a storm on the highveld. We've had a storm just 3 hours ago. The brances of a large tree on my pavement went crazy in the wind, disturbing the power lines until one big explotion brought an end to our power supply. I saw a flame in the air before i heard the bang as loud as lightning...

Brilliant poem with a lovely flow. I can hear Adele singing ... just add a chorus and send it to her... :)


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mckbirdbks 10 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Martie - sorry to hear the power is out. I have waited all afternoon to see if we would lose power here.

Wouldn't it be funny if after all this work, I found some acclaim as a songwriter. Though I have had some exercise:

"Love in my socks

Ain't no big surprise"

But Neil Diamond stole it.

haha


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mckbirdbks 10 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Martie - I jinxed it. I said, lose power and wham it was gone for hours.


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vocalcoach 10 months ago from Nashville Tn.

Oh Mike, what a welcomed gift this is! I hear a musical theme coming on. This poem is beautiful and I'm hoping another will follow soon. Enjoyed the videos - sharing and pinning.

Your fan,

Audrey


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AliciaC 10 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

This is a beautiful poem. I love the imagery!


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snakeslane 10 months ago from Canada

Exciting to see your poetry Mike, what a charged glimpse of Mother Nature wreaking havoc, and the opportunity of making something good come out of that, the firewood, brilliant.


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mckbirdbks 10 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Audrey. Thank you. You are very kind. What a nice compliment. I am working on another piece now. When it decides to complete itself I will put it on these pages. I hope when it is finished I know what it means.

Thanks for the visit and the sharing.


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mckbirdbks 10 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello AliciaC. Thank you. I appreciate you taking the time for a visit here. All the best to you.


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mckbirdbks 10 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello snakeslane. It has been a while since I tried my had at poetry. I was diverted with short stories and just found my way back. I am working on a new piece now. I have no idea what it means. But it insists on being written.

Mother Nature wreaks havoc - Indeed! Stay warm.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 10 months ago from Riga, Latvia

Love this poem. Most creative.


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mckbirdbks 10 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Gypsy Rose Lee. Thank you for the gift of your time reading this piece. Very kind of you to visit and comment.


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Shyron E Shenko 10 months ago

Fantastic Mike. I hated the bitter cold and chilling wind of the Chicago winter. Going to school or work was a chore in itself and shoveling snow in that bitter cold was a vicious attack on one's spirit. That to me is what you expressed here.

Great job

Blessings My fiend


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mckbirdbks 10 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Shyron. I have lived in California for a long time now. The winter scenes I see of the storms in the east and Midwest seem so terrible to me. The cold does attack the spirit. Thank you very much for your visit this evening and your kind comment.


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PegCole17 10 months ago from Dallas, Texas

What a delight to find an original poem by you. After a drought of many days with no Internet service I am eager to catch up on all that I've missed and this deep felt collection of thoughts is the perfect way to begin.

I loved it all, in particular, the line, "The gale force winds, set to twirling all the swirly things, you rolled away calling no place home". It reminded me of the recent storms in our area that left many without the comfort of their homes. Wonderfully expressed.


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mckbirdbks 10 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Peg. Glad that your internet service has been returned. It is a terrible feeling to be disconnected.

Thanks for your nice comment. The storm here came with 60 mile an hour winds. I was sure a young, though large tree was going to topple. I have to get up the energy to chop that trees top off.

Happy Friday.


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bravewarrior 10 months ago from Central Florida

Mike, I love this poem. Although it speaks of destruction, I couldn't help but think about the hugelkultur beds I have in my back yard. They mimic what happens in the forest when trees fall. Over time, they break down, decompose and make the soil fertile for new growth. I'm growing lima beans in one of my beds; the other isn't quite ready for planting, as I still have some work to do.

I love the Garth Brooks song. The visuals are amazing. The allusion to a stormy relationship is subtle, yet clear.

Beautiful poetry, my friend!


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mckbirdbks 10 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Sha. I remember you writing about the hugelkultur planting beds and what an interesting idea they are. The waiting for decomposting sounded like a drawback, but that is just me. So many trees on my property have been lost to beetles. I should have fashioned a few planters just from the trunks.

The music seemed to fit the mood of the poem. I am glad you enjoyed the music and poem this morning.


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bravewarrior 10 months ago from Central Florida

Mike, by adding leaves, dirt and compost to the bed, you accelerate the decomposition process. However, you don't have to wait. Once you have dirt on and in it, you can plant. That's what I still need to do to the second bed. Right now, my son and I are building the layers of tree debris. It needs to be filled in so a mound is created. Then it'll be good to go. The problem is getting enough dirt without having to pay for it.


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mckbirdbks 10 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Sha. Funny, as we speak, my contractor brother is having to move 15 truckloads of dirt a day away from the site he is managing. So, there should be 'free' dirt close by somewhere.

I liked the idea hugelkultur planting beds, when I read your post. It just seemed to come late for my landscaping projects. I had so many partially rotted trees and have not had to buy firewood for years and years. (Oh, wait, I wrote a poem.)


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Faith Reaper 9 months ago from southern USA

My goodness, Mike, this poem truly describes the sudden and violent storms we have down here in the Deep South! Whew, vividly and expertly written as always. I truly enjoyed reading this one. Your title is cool.

I am loving your poetry.

I have Presidents Day off, so I am enjoying reading a bit more here on HP.

Blessings


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mckbirdbks 9 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hi Theresa - Relax and enjoy the holiday. Perhaps thoughts of that new grandson can bring you peace and joy today. In our life's we all have to weather storms. Thanks for spending some of your time here today with all of us.


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PegCole17 4 months ago from Dallas, Texas

Came back by to reread this glimpse of fall weather as the temperatures climb past triple digits today. Ah, longing for a sweet cooling breeze, although, not a gale force wind like your poem conjures. Loved reading it all over again.


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mckbirdbks 4 months ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas Author

Hello Peg. I am sure we are all ready for a cooling trend. Here it has dropped from the 100+ range into the low 90's. Funny how the low 90's feels cool after a streak of 100+ days. Thanks for revisiting this piece again. No The Carriage Driver today. I am hoping for some inspiration by next week.

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