NIGHT WOODS

Suzanne Niedzielska

By the parrot tulip of a ragged campfire, I ruminate days forgotten.    
The dry-brush painting with gilded strokes of leaves and needles illustrate my days forgotten.
 
Nearly twenty-five thousand days; far too many to enumerate
In the shade for the day book of my life, an arboretum of ornate days forgotten.
 
And so I sample clusters, boughs and twigs for qualities of design that annotate
the vein of breath, the hours’ course, and remnant feeling of articulated days forgotten.
 
The evergreens— pine, fir and spruce— with needles thin and elongate
capture the measured flow of office interactions on corporate days forgotten.
 
The holly’s spiny leaves and unpleasant interface warn us to hesitate
before inviting those with thorny agendas to collaborate on days forgotten. 
 
A weeping willow by the water droops it subulate leaves, bends to accommodate; 
days that started off by taking aspirin soon were acclimated days forgotten.
 
The beech’s serrate leaves exude satisfying days that predictably punctuate
the round of daily work, like a clock that paces automated days forgotten.

An oak’s lobate leaves convey well-intentioned days turned thoroughly frustrated,
spent chasing acorns of distraction that populated days forgotten.
 
The maple’s palmate leaves trace vacation days slowly unfolding, anticipated
like the trickle of poured syrup. Oh, that memory would cultivate these days forgotten!
 
The rising sun, its rays a bird of paradise, reveal the laurel whose undulate
leaves may flavor any Sunday stew of profligate days forgotten.

 

SUZANNE NIEDZIELSKA lives in Glastonbury, CT.   Since 2010, she has worked as a freelance IT management consultant (www.tidepool-it.com), capping a 30-year career in public and private sector information technology.  She has been exploring poetic forms since she resumed studying and writing poetry in 1994, with a recent focused on cross-cultural forms, such as the Middle Eastern ghazal, and Japanese haiku/senryu, as well as nonce and traditional English forms, and the French Oulipians. October 2014, she self-published “peach-hued: a collection of haiku and short forms” with the editorial assistance of Stanford M. Forrester, and publishes haiku/senryu regularly in New England Letters (of the Haiku Poetry Society of Western Massachusetts). Since 2010, Suzanne has published several ghazals in the online Ghazal Page, riffing on memory, music, mathematics and other questionably unifying frames of reference for a vast diversity of thought and experience. Well before her career in IT, Suzanne taught philosophy, the field in which she earned the doctorate from Fordham University (1979).