InReview InReview

Support independent journalism

Books & Poetry

Poem: Autumn’s Close, Winter’s Close

Books & Poetry

This week’s Poet’s Corner contribution is from Phil Saunders of Adelaide.

Print article

Autumn’s Close, Winter’s Close

Long Gully, Adelaide Hills, South Australia

At autumn’s close and winter’s close
along park’s long gully
strangers with nods, waves, smiles, quick words
at safe distance-passing
late autumn sun warmed late winter sun warmed
autumn shade chilled winter shade chilled.

Each step passed cascading beauty
of life and death in nature;
stretch of man’s green field
impenetrable slope of climbing ivy and wild berry
the still green mingling with seasons’ turning shades;
dramatic statues, broken, open,
their white grey stark against sky and bush;
red, gold, orange leaves turning mulled brown
in rain’s damp shallows;
a thousand mushrooms
emerging from leaf and woodchip,
multi-hues curling in decay presenting papery gills.

Late afternoon light
bright mere days before
now dull reflection fading early.

Amidst changing seasons,
bandicoot, echidna, emu, kangaroo, koala,
galah, parrot and wren
continuing to delight,
at safe distance-passing,
at autumn’s close, at winter’s close.

Phil Saunders has been based in Adelaide since high school days, with forays into Melbourne, Christchurch and Sydney. He’s currently a consultant in governance and operations quality control across disability and aged care, and writing has been at the core of his professional and personal life as a script writer, copy writer, policy officer, magazine and report editor and poet.

Readers’ original and unpublished poems of up to 40 lines can be emailed, with postal address, to Submissions should be in the body of the email, not as attachments. A poetry book will be awarded to each accepted contributor.


Make a comment View comment guidelines

Support local arts journalism

Your support will help us continue the important work of InReview in publishing free professional journalism that celebrates, interrogates and amplifies arts and culture in South Australia.

Donate Here

. You are free to republish the text and graphics contained in this article online and in print, on the condition that you follow our republishing guidelines.

You must attribute the author and note prominently that the article was originally published by InReview.  You must also inlude a link to InReview. Please note that images are not generally included in this creative commons licence as in most cases we are not the copyright owner. However, if the image has an InReview photographer credit or is marked as “supplied”, you are free to republish it with the appropriate credits.

We recommend you set the canonical link of this content to to insure that your SEO is not penalised.

Copied to Clipboard

More Books & Poetry stories

Loading next article