September in the Shuswap: mountains
layer smoky fall evenings with fairgrounds coffee
rich in midnight blue mornings of Indian summer.
The lake’s marshland algae
echoes moss-soft meadow green-up
while peat decomposes, drenching soil
that feeds weed-choked railway sleepers.
Over the crest, to the foothills they stand out
stretching wings. August yellow sentries
guard the last dazzling rays, waiting
See you again
when the Salmon River icemelt
brings you back upcountry, to sun
feathers drooping just ever so slightly.
They want to fly south, but can only press
petals, resist white picket fenceposts.
In drying they long for the faraway
~ Maureen Egan
Maureen Egan is a BC based editor who has received invaluable writing instruction and encouragement from several of Canada’s great poets. As a result, many of her poems have been read (out loud!) at writers’ events around the province; still others have been published in both print and online literary periodicals.