October Already

18 Sep

October already, and

the trees lose their damp;

Silently into the night

it slips,

taking umbrage in sleeping forms and steam,

picking its way through drunken brawls and

leftovers.

***

October already, and

the clouds are amiss;

Gone to their grandma’s across

the bay,

Family feuds incite migrations

But if you never look upward

you can pretend they’re here still.

***

October already, and

the guttural discontent

climbs out of our bellies,

loops over shoulders and necks,

stops by the iris to nod hello,

before strangling us smugly

in our beds.

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5 Responses to “October Already”

  1. aneela September 19, 2009 at 5:00 am #

    did going through the family tree inspire the grandma across the(karachi) bay reference? or were these just migratory clouds?
    —aneela who needs to know everything

  2. wordjunkie September 19, 2009 at 11:59 am #

    aah, but also the crisp and heady promise of winter in the evening air… then again, my neck of the Bombay woods actually has a winter.

  3. Orange Jammies September 21, 2009 at 12:12 pm #

    Dear aneela who needs to know everything: No. 🙂 When I think of “bay”, it’s pretty much always Bombay. Marine Drive, to be more specific. But did you know my great-grandmother spent her early years in Peshawar?

    wordjunkie: Now that’s a coincidence…the next post talks about your neck of the woods! 😀

  4. Nino's Mum October 1, 2009 at 2:12 am #

    The guttural discontent of October for me too: the year closes in, one more passes by with even lesser achieved.

  5. Orange Jammies October 1, 2009 at 6:32 pm #

    Nino’s Mum: You’re telling me. 😦 And yet, I feel like I tried to do more than ever.

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